Women with obesity may have a reduced chance of developing open-angle glaucoma, new research has suggested.
The study was carried out by the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands and claimed that there is a seven per cent fall in the risk of the condition for each one-unit increase in a woman"s body mass index.
However, the research, published in the Archives of Ophthalmology journal, also argued that men with obesity do not experience a similar fall in glaucoma risk.
The study"s authors said an explanation for the findings could be that "high oestrogen levels and hormone therapy might be protective to open-angle glaucoma and obesity seems to be positively related with postmenopausal plasma oestrogen levels".
In related news, the University of Arizona"s College of Engineering unveiled a new test which could allow people to examine themselves for glaucoma by measuring stiffness in the eye, which is indicative of intraocular pressure.
by Adrian Galbreth