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Diabetes, hypertension 'linked to higher glaucoma risk'

Diabetes, hypertension 'linked to higher glaucoma risk'
18th August 2011

Individuals who have diabetes and hypertension may be at an increased risk of developing open-angle glaucoma (OAG), according to research likely to be of interest to some people using home care.

A study conducted at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center found people with diabetes alone were at a 35 per cent higher risk of developing OAG.

Those with hypertension alone had a 17 per cent elevated chance of getting the condition, according to the research.

In individuals with both diabetes and hypertension, there was 48 per cent more chance of the development of OAG.

Dr Joshua D Stein explained: "Patients who have diabetes and hypertension are already known to be at elevated risk for eye conditions like diabetic retinopathy, a condition that harms the blood vessels in the retina.

 "This study and others suggest that, for these patients, an increased likelihood of glaucoma is also a concern."

Chronic OAG is the most common form of glaucoma and develops very slowly.
 
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