Glaucoma is called the “silent thief of sight” because it can slowly damage the eye and cause irreparable harm before its victims ever become aware of symptoms. For this reason, it is imperative to undergo regular eye examinations for early diagnosis and treatment that can save sight. Among those most at risk are African-Americans, for whom glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. People of African descent are six to eight times more likely to have glaucoma than Caucasians. The risk for Hispanic populations is also greater than those of predominantly European ancestry, and that risk increases among Hispanics over age 60. In fact, anyone over age 60 is six times more likely to get glaucoma than younger individuals.
P.S. Because the most common type of glaucoma (“primary open-angle glaucoma”) is inherited, those with a family history of the eye disease are at a much higher risk than the rest of the population.