It has been reported that women entering menopause early-under age 45-are at increased risk of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). It has been suggested that this is due to some protective effect of female hormones. Now, according to researchers publishing in JAMA Ophthalmology taking estrogen only postmenopausal hormone (PMH) treatment may actually help reduce the risk for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG).
Research on Glaucoma & Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy
By reviewing data from 152,163 women 50 years or older the researchers found that 1.9 percent of enrollees developed POAG. Each additional month of use of PMH containing estrogen only was associated with a 0.4 percent reduced risk for POAG whereas each additional month of use of estrogen + progesterone or estrogen + androgen hormones did not affect risk for POAG. This is interesting information and will require further prospective clinical studies to understand fully but may offer some novel treatments for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), an insidious sight threatening eye diseases and the most common type of glaucoma.
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