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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the lifestyle impacts of developing glaucoma?

    Does age, genetics, smoking and other lifestyle factors have an effect on the incidence of glaucoma?
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    Glaucoma Australia is the peak glaucoma awareness/education/support association in Australia.It is a national, not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to providing educational services to raise awareness about … View Profile

    Age, genetics and smoking are risk factors for the development and progression of glaucoma. While age and genetics are non-modifiable risk factors, smoking certainly is. Smoking is also associated with other eye conditions, including cataract, macular degeneration and retinal vascular problems. However, the main risk factor for the development and progression of glaucoma is high pressure in the eye, and this has been confirmed by several major landmark trials. This is why so much effort is focused on lowering the eye pressure, through either eye drops, laser or surgery.

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