Bronx doctors say African-Americans are at high risk for glaucoma

Doctors say African-Americans are at high risk for the eye disease glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a blinding disease that the eye doctor Mark Fromer says she sees too many cases of in the Bronx. Doctors say African-Americans are more likely to get glaucoma at an early age.

The eye disease is caused by fluid build up in the eye. The pressure damages the optic nerve and can cause blindness. But quick and painless tests can determine if someone has glaucoma.

Aside from African-Americans, other groups high at risk for developing glaucoma are people with diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, extreme near sightedness, or a family history of the disease.

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