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.