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Statins May Reduce Risk of Open-Angle Glaucoma

Posted // Friday, October 26, 2012

By:  J Charles Henry MD

A study recently released shows that statin use may reduce risk of Open-Angle Glaucoma.  Using data from a national health care claims database, investigators analyzed the relationship between statin use and risk of developing open-angle glaucoma (OAG) in people with hyperlipidemia age 60 and older. After adjusting for confounding factors, treated patients were shown to have a decreased risk of developing OAG, of progressing from glaucoma suspect to OAG, and of requiring pressure-lowering medications. Patients prescribed statins for one year had a 5 percent decreased risk, while those prescribed statins for two years had a 9 percent decreased risk. Ophthalmology, October 2012

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