Link Between Hypothyroidism, Glaucoma Found

There's a significant association between hypothyroidism and open-angle glaucoma, claims a study in the September issue of Ophthalmology. The study included about 600 male patients newly diagnosed with glaucoma who were compared with about 6,000 males who didn't have glaucoma. Among those with glaucoma, 6.44 percent had a prior diagnosis of hypothyroidism, compared with 3.97 percent of the men free of glaucoma. "Hypothyroidism, a treatable, but often undiagnosed condition, may be related to the development of glaucoma," study author Dr. Christopher A. Girkin, an associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, said in a prepared statement.

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