Anyone can develop chronic glaucoma. But the risk increases if you:
- are aged over 40
- are very short-sighted
- are of African or Caribbean origin
- are closely related to someone with chronic glaucoma
- have raised pressure in your eye. This is called ocular hypertension (OHT)
- are diabetic
- have high blood pressure.
People at risk of developing acute glaucoma include:
- people over the age of 40
- people of East Asian or South Asian origin
- people with a family history of closed-angle glaucoma
- people who are long-sighted.
If one of your parents or children, or a brother or sister, has glaucoma, and you are over 40, the NHS will pay for your eye examination.