Am I at risk?
Are some people at increased risk of developing ocular hypertension?
Yes, there are several risk factors which make the development of ocular hypertension more likely.
Age: Ocular hypertension becomes much more common with increasing age so regular testing from about the age of 40 is recommended.
Ethnicity: People of African-Caribbean origin are more likely to develop ocular hypertension than people of a European origin. The condition also tends to develop at an earlier age so regular testing from about the age of 30 is advisable.
Family History: It is unlikely that a person will be aware of a history of ocular hypertension within the family, but any history of glaucoma in a close blood relative leads to an increased risk of developing glaucoma.