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CURRENT RESEARCH: New findings show chronic high blood pressure increases risk of glaucoma

9 Feb

 A new study published in Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS) has found that chronic (long term) hypertension increases a person’s suscepibilty to glaucoma.  These results suggest that doctors should consider a patient’s blood pressure levels in managing the potentially blinding eye disorder.  Glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world, is a condition that occurs when too much pressure builds up inside the eye.  This excess pressure pushes back against blood trying to enter the eye resulting in vision loss.  Data gathered from large populations of glaucoma patients subsequently suggested that hypertension in young patients protects against the disorder, but is a risk factor in older patients.

Read more here:  http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-01/afri-nfs010515.php

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