If my sibling has glaucoma, am I more at risk to developing glaucoma?

Based in well-designed research, we know that siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have nearly a 10-fold increased risk of having glaucoma when compared to siblings of persons without glaucoma.

This means that a 65-year-old sibling of a European-derived person has a 10% chance of having glaucoma, while a 65-year-old sibling of an African American has nearly a 20% chance of having glaucoma.

Clearly brothers and sisters of patients with glaucoma can benefit from regular eye examinations with special attention to careful screening for glaucoma.

Last reviewed on April 04, 2011

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