Risk factors

Anyone can be diagnosed with glaucoma. However, researchers have found several factors that put patients more at risk.

Treating glaucoma

The most difficult cases of glaucoma may require laser or conventional surgery. For most types of glaucoma, prescription medication is the first line of therapy.

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Glaucoma resources

The Glaucoma Foundation

The Glaucoma Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to researching cures for glaucoma and helping people avoid the tragedy of blindness—which can now be prevented in 90 percent of glaucoma cases with early detection.

The Glaucoma Research Foundation

The mission of the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) is to protect the sight and independence of people with glaucoma through research and education, with the ultimate goal of curing glaucoma. The GRF provides information and resources on glaucoma research programs and glaucoma-related issues.


Gleams is a newsletter with information about glaucoma published quarterly by the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Gleams is available in print, on the Gleams website, and in audio for those qualified to research “free matter for the blind.”

The BrightFocus Foundation

BrightFocus supports research to end “diseases of mind and sight.” Since the National Glaucoma Research program began in 1978, BrightFocus has awarded nearly $31 million to support research projects on the causes and potential prevention and treatment of glaucoma.

Early detection is the best defense against glaucoma.

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