Dealing with the Consequences
Feb 11, 2014 04:29PM ● Published by Cate Reynolds
Dr. Maria Scott, medical director for Chesapeake Eye Care & Laser Center, offers this take on the study and on glaucoma: “Typically everyone over the age of 40 should have an eye exam every other year. If a woman is taking oral contraceptives and has a family history of glaucoma, she may want to have regular screenings regardless of age. Other risk factors for glaucoma include near sightedness, African-American ancestry, diabetes, and elevated intraocular pressure. Detecting glaucoma early is important because blindness from glaucoma is preventable if detected early,” she explains.
Bottom Line: “Although this study is important, research is needed to determine if there is a defi nitive connection between long-term use of oral contraception and a raised risk of glaucoma,” Dr. Scott concludes.
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