Chatter: Glaucoma in Women: The Estrogen Connection
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Suzanne • 60

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On another forum, a couple of younger women in their 30's were just diagnosed with glaucoma. They had been on birth control pills for 10+ years. So there was some discussion about the potential of the lack of estrogen and glaucoma. Here is an interesting article regarding this issue...

When researchers at the Academy’s 2013 annual meeting reported an association between birth control pills and glaucoma, it created a stir in the news media and on the Internet. The study in question found that women who used oral contraceptives (OCs) for more than three years had a twofold risk of developing primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) later in life.1

How Does Estrogen Protect?

Estrogen has known effects on nitric oxide production, which is important in IOP regulation and in vasodilation. Thus, a decline in estrogen could diminish blood flow to the optic nerve.

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