Long-term contraceptive pill use doubles glaucoma risk, research finds

Women on pill for more than three years ‘twice as likely’ to develop eye disease that can cause blindness if left untreatedWomen 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.Doctors behind the study urged women at risk to have regular checks for early signs of the disease, which can usually be treated with eye drops if it is caught in time.Glaucoma is caused by a buildup of fluid pressure in the eye which damages the sensitive optic nerve at the back of the retina. The most common form affects around 480,000 people in England, according to the NHS.Dr Shan Lin, an ophthalmologist at the University of San Francisco, said long-term use of the contraceptive pill…

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