Open-Angle Glaucoma in One Eye Likely to Develop in the Other

Source: Reuters Health

Patients with open-angle glaucoma in one eye are at increased risk for developing glaucoma in the second eye, researchers report, according to Reuters Health.

“Among patients with newly diagnosed open-angle glaucoma, almost half had initial treatment of both eyes. After 7 years, approximately two-thirds of patients had bilateral treatment,” Dr. David C. Musch and colleagues at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor write in JAMA Ophthalmology, online August 9.

“These findings suggest that most patients with unilateral glaucoma will develop bilateral glaucoma and therefore should be closely monitored, especially if disease progression is noted in the initially diagnosed eye,” they add.

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