Glaucoma Risk-Factor Analysis


TO USE THIS ANALYSIS:  Add the responding scores assigned to each of the variables below in Table
1, add your results to get your total score.  Using Table 2 then determine your level of Glaucoma
Risk.

Other historical variables (high myopia or high hyperopia, systemic hypertension, steroid use, and
diabetes) are also risk factors for glaucoma, although they are not strong enough to receive a
weight.

Anyone with moderate to high glaucoma risk should be examined by an Ophthalmologist.

Any person over 75 years of age is at moderate to high risk for developing glaucoma!

All African-Americans over 50 years of age are at moderate to high risk for developing glaucoma!












































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Please note: This analysis only refers to "primary open angle glaucoma" the most common type of
glaucoma in the United States. There are many, many different types of glaucoma; some can even
affect newborns! In other words, you can still have glaucoma even if you score a zero on this
risk-factor analysis.

This analysis was created as part of Glaucoma 2001; a public service project of the American
Academy of Ophthalmology designed to significantly reduce the prevalence of Glaucoma by the
year 2001.


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Variable
Category
Score
Age
Younger than 50

50 to 64

65 to 74

Greater than 75
0

1

2

3
Race
Caucasion/ Other

African American
0

2
Family History
Negative

Postive in non-first degree relatives

Positive Parents

Positive Siblings
0

0

1

2
Last Complete Eye
Examination
Within past two years

2-5 years ago

More than  5 years
0

1

2
Table 1
Total Score
Level of Glaucoma Risk
2 or below
Low
3
Moderate
4 or higher
High
Table 2
What is Glaucoma?