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Nearsightedness linked to serious eye disease

Nearsightedness linked to serious eye disease

NEW YORK - PEOPLE who are nearsighted may be nearly twice as likely to also develop glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, according to a study.

More than two million people over 40 in the United States alone have been diagnosed with the eye disease, which is becoming increasingly expensive to treat.

The findings in the study, a review of previous studies that was published in Ophthalmology, suggest to some experts that nearsighted people - a third of all US residents - may want to undergo regular eye screening.

'A conclusion might be that persons with high myopia should have regular ophthalmic examinations,' said Barbara Klein of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who worked on one of the studies included in the review.

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, causing gradual loss of vision. There are several treatments available, including drugs and surgery, but none of them can restore sight once it has been lost.

For the latest study, Nomdo Jansonius at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands and colleagues combined data from 11 previous studies that included tens of thousands of people, tracking who was nearsighted and had glaucoma. Overall, nearsighted people were about 90 per cent more likely to also develop open-angle glaucoma, with those who had higher levels of myopia appearing to be at higher risk of glaucoma as well.

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Old 12th January 2017, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Nearsightedness linked to serious eye disease

I really appreciated your post! I have a sister who has glaucoma too, and I am doing my best to understand her situation. I also read some articles about it https://steveseah.blogspot.com/

I hope a lot of people will read your post! Thank you!

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