Washington: A new study has found that obesity may be associated with higher eye pressure and a decreased risk of open-angle glaucoma in women. "Open-angle glaucoma is a chronic eye disease characterized by glaucomatous optic neuropathy and corresponding glaucomatous visual field loss," the authors said. Wishal D. Ramdas, of the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues examined data from 3,939 participants in the Rotterdam Study. This population-based study included participants 55 years of age and older living in a suburb of Rotterdam, who did not have open-angle glaucoma when the study began between 1991 and 1993. Over an average of 9.7 years of follow-up, 108 participants developed open-angle glaucoma. Those who developed the condition were significantly older; more often had high myopia (severe nearsightedness) and were more often male, compared with those who did not.
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