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Long-term contraceptive pill use doubles glaucoma risk

Women who take the contraceptive pill for more than three years are at twice the risk of glaucoma, a common eye disease that can cause blindness if left untreated, US researchers claim.
Dr Shan Lin, an ophthalmologist at the University of San Francisco, said long-term use of the contraceptive pill appeared to raise the lifetime risk of glaucoma to around 5%, up from 2.5% in the general population. He presented details of the study at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans on Monday.

Long-term contraceptive pill use doubles glaucoma risk

Women who take the contraceptive pill for more than three years are at twice the risk of glaucoma, a common eye disease that can cause blindness if left untreated, US researchers claim.

Dr Shan Lin, an ophthalmologist at the University of San Francisco, said long-term use of the contraceptive pill appeared to raise the lifetime risk of glaucoma to around 5%, up from 2.5% in the general population. He presented details of the study at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans on Monday.

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