Nearsightedness linked to glaucoma


July 1, 2011 1:47:34 PM PDT
If you are nearsighted, meaning you have no problem reading close up, you may be at greater risk of a common eye disease.

A review of research finds people who are nearsighted are nearly twice as likely to develop glaucoma.

The findings, published in the journal Ophthalmology, suggest that nearsighted people may want to undergo regular eye screenings.

But, this research only shows that nearsightedness and glaucoma often occur together, not that one causes the other.

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve causing gradual loss of vision. It is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.