Monday, April 7, 2014

Glaucoma Risk with Early Menopause

The ophthalmologists at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center want women to know that unfortunately, early menopause can also expose them to a greater risk of developing glaucoma. This is according to a study of more than 3,000 women at the Netherlands Ophthalmic Research Institute in Amsterdam that identified women who go through menopause early to be at greater risk of developing. Going through menopause is considered early if it occurs before the age of 45 and those women were two times more likely to develop open-angle glaucoma as those who experienced menopause at age 50 or later. What does this mean for women? The findings reveal that female hormones may be protective against open-angle glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness.  Interestingly, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is thought to reduce fluid pressure inside the eye due to the fact that as hormone levels rise during pregnancy, fluid pressure inside the eye decreases significantly, the researchers noted. This is the first study to examine the relationship between female sex hormones, as indicated by age of menopause, and open-angle glaucoma.

Please schedule an eye examination with us if you, or someone you know, is concerned about the risk of glaucoma and need a glaucoma eye exam. You can reach us at Alabama Eye & Cataract Center in Birmingham by calling 205-930-0930, or visiting Alabama Eye & Cataract Center or

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