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Eye Health

01 July 2011

Nearsightedness linked to serious eye disease

People who are nearsighted may be nearly twice as likely to also develop glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, according to a new study that summarises earlier research.

People who are nearsighted may be nearly twice as likely to also develop glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness, according to a new study that summarises earlier research.

"A conclusion might be that persons with high myopia should have regular ophthalmic examinations," Dr Barbara Klein of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who worked on one of the studies included in the new review, told Reuters Health.

 

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