In a nutshell
The aim of this study was to evaluate the risk of developing open-angle glaucoma in patients with hypertension. The authors concluded that patients with hypertension are more like to develop open-angle glaucoma than those without hypertension.
Patients with hypertension have a higher resting blood pressure than the body needs. Hypertension can increase the risk of health complications such as heart attacks, strokes, and heart failure and has been associated with a number of other conditions. Hypertension may be a risk factor in the development of open-angle glaucoma (OAG). This is a condition where the optic nerve deteriorates and can lead to loss of peripheral vision. A number of studies reported a link between hypertension and OAG. However, evidence to this effect is mixed with other studies failing to find an association between the two conditions.
Methods & findings
This study included 100,062 patients with hypertension and 100,062 matched individuals without hypertension (control group). Rates of OAG were compared over an 11 year follow-up period.
The bottom line
The authors concluded that patients with hypertension are more likely to develop OAG than those without hypertension.
Published By :
Journal of hypertension
Apr 01, 2017