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Research to Prevent Blindness

Thyroid Problems May Increase Glaucoma Risk

Dr. Girkin

Christopher Girkin, M.D., is one of several Uiniversity of Alabama Birmingham galucoma researchers who used funds from an RPB unrestricted grant (to the department of ophthalmology) to study the connection between thyroid conditions and glaucoma.

According to an RPB-supported study, people who have had a thyroid condition at some point in their life are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma. The link between glaucoma and thyroid disorders may be due to chemical deposits in the blood vessels that circulate blood to the eye, causing an increase in pressure within the eyeball. Read the story.

 

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