Long-term Pill use may double glaucoma risk

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Birth Control Glaucoma

Women who used birth control pills for three years or more have twice the risk of developing glaucoma later in life, according to new research.

Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve and is a leading cause of blindness in the United States.

It’s been well documented that low-estrogen levels following menopause contribute to glaucoma in women. Scientists don’t know exactly why this happens. But years of using birth control pills, which can also lower estrogen levels, may add

Read more…http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/18/long-term-pill-use-may-double-glaucoma-risk/

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