Study links glaucoma, diabetes and hypertension

Study links glaucoma, diabetes and hypertension

A new study has aimed to establish links between the eye condition glaucoma, diabetes and hypertension.

As many people in the western world suffer from diabetes and hypertension, experts at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center aimed to ascertain whether they had an increased risk of developing open-angle glaucoma (OAG).

Following analysis of two million patients, the specialists found that people with diabetes alone had a 35 per cent greater risk of developing OAG, while and those who only had hypertension had a 17 per cent increased risk.

For people with both diabetes and hypertension, there was a 48 percent increased risk of developing OAG.

Dr Joshua Stein, a glaucoma specialist at the facility, commented: "This study and others suggest that, for these patients, an increased likelihood of glaucoma is also a concern."

It comes after a recent report published by Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, claimed that frequent visual field testing may be associated with earlier detection of glaucoma"s progression. 

by Alexa Kaczka

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