DEAR DOCTOR K: My mother has open-angle glaucoma. This increases my risk for glaucoma. Can I do anything to reduce that risk?
DEAR READER: You're right to think that your risk is increased. Because your mother has the condition, your chance of getting it is at least double that of most people you know. That doesn't mean you definitely will get glaucoma; it just means you inherit a risk, and therefore need to be particularly careful.