Findings show black patients with glaucoma at greater risk

March 12, 2008 9:36:25 AM PDT
Black patients who are treated for glaucoma may be at an increased risk of dying from heart and vascular disease.

Researchers based their findings on a group of patients in Barbados. They found black patients were particularly at risk if they were treated with special drops for open-angle glaucoma

More research is needed, but it's suspected that the mortality risk may be related to treatment received. Side effects or inappropriate use of beta blockers and other medications to treat glaucoma may harm the cardiovascular system.

This study appears in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology.