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Possible Birth Control Link to Glaucoma

pillMEDFORD, Ore. — According to a study by the University of California, San Francisco, women taking birth control pills long-term are twice as likely to develop glaucoma.

Researchers examined more than 30,000 women who were 40 and older. Those who used the pill for more than three years had a doubled risk of developing glaucoma.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. One local ophthalmologist says this study needs further tests. Though, he recommends everyone should visit eye doctors. Ophthalmologist can check the structure function and pressure of an eye.

“These annual examinations that people have, we’re going to pick up on these subtle findings of glaucoma. Hopefully in an early point in time and prevent the changes that can happen since it’s an asymptotic disease it doesn’t cause any symptoms,” said ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Jorizzo, M.D.

If a person develops glaucoma, there are eye-drops and surgeries that can slow its progression.