This problem is more common in older adults. Other things that may raise the risk are:
- Prior eye surgery
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome
- Type 2 diabetes
- Taking certain medicines, such as corticosteroids
- Alcohol use disorder
- Having certain skin problems, such as atopic dermatitis and scleroderma
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