Eye Doctors Want To Screen You For Glacoma if You are On Oral Contraceptive Pills

Ye Elaine Wang, MD, from the University of California at San Francisco. Taking oral contraceptives for more than 3 years doubles a woman's risk for glaucoma, according to a large population-based study. Dr. Wang presented the findings here at the AmericanAcademy of Ophthalmology 2013 Annual Meeting. Her data was from the NationalHealth and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The participants completed vision and reproductive health questionnaires and underwent eye exams, so the conclusions were based on very strong information. Although the eye docs want to screen women over 40 for glaucoma, especially if they have or are using birth control pills, there is no recommendation to change contraceptive use. The study builds on what we know about estrogen and eye disease protection. But the levels of estrogen, and the combination with progesterone may be the driving force behind the development of glaucoma in this subset of women.


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