New Research Finds Risk for Glaucoma Increases With Long-Term Contraceptive Use

Here at our practice, our Ohio Advanced Glaucoma Detection system and treatment has saved our clients’ vision, having treated it effectively following early diagnosis. The condition is often referred to as the “silent thief of the night” as it doesn’t have any symptoms at all during the early stages.

Results of recent research pointed out that women with a history of long-term contraceptive use are twice more likely to suffer from glaucoma. Here’s an excerpt of the report:

“It found that females who had used oral contraceptives, no matter which kind, for longer than three years are 2.05 times more likely to also report that they have the diagnosis of glaucoma. Previous studies in the field have shown that estrogen may play a significant role in the pathogenesis of glaucoma.

According to the researchers, though this finding does not prove using birth control pills causes glaucoma, it indicates that long-term use of oral contraceptives might be a potential risk factor for glaucoma, especially when combined with other known glaucoma risk factors, such as a history of high eye pressure, a family history of glaucoma, and African-American ethnicity.”

Diagnosis and Treatment of Glaucoma in Ohio

Apart from our retinal tomography and optical coherence tomography for the earliest possible detection of glaucomatous changes to the optic nerve, other procedures performed at Roholt Vision Institute that is critical to diagnosing and treating glaucoma includes visual field testing, corneal thickness measurements, gonioscopy ,and multiple devices to measure the pressure in the eye.

Call us at 330-305-2200 or fill out any of these these patient forms to learn more about cataract surgery in Ohio. We are dedicated to providing you with the best technology available when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

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