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Causes and Risk Factors

The eye being a round and hollow structure needs pressure to maintain its shape and therefore its function. Fluid called aqueous humor, is produced in eye then drained out by the drainage system of the eye called the trabecular meshwork (TM). The TM may get blocked thereby restricting drainage and cause elevation in the eye pressure. Abnormal increase in eye pressure can cause glaucoma and damage to the optic nerve.

 

Glaucoma is a disease that can strike anyone. There are some risk factors which may increase one's chance of developing the disease. They are the following:

  • Anyone over the age of 60.
  • Family history of glaucoma.
  • African Americans, especially over the age of 40.

A complete eye exam will reveal more risk factors such as high eye pressure, optic nerve abnormalities and a cornea that is too thin.


Burbank
2625 W. Alameda Ave., Suite 208
Burbank, CA. 91505
Phone: 818-845-3557
Fax: 818-845-1916

Sherman Oaks
13320 Riverside Drive, Suite 114
Sherman Oaks, CA. 91423
Phone: 818-501-3937
Fax: 818-980-0651

Beverly Hills
9100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 852W
Beverly Hills, CA. 90212
Phone: 866-273-3327
Fax: 818-845-1916

South Pasadena
1936 Huntington Drive, Suite A
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Phone: 626-795-9793
Fax: 626-795-0121