Poor air quality is associated with increased risk of glaucoma
Phoebe Harkin | | Quick Read
Air pollution carries significant health risks: lung cancer, heart disease, acute respiratory infections… but what about glaucoma? A UK study found that those living in neighborhoods with higher amounts of fine particulate matter pollution were 6 percent more likely to have glaucoma than those in less polluted areas (1). The researchers focused on particles smaller than 2.5 in μm diameter – widely recognized as having major adverse effects on health – in the study of 111,370 individuals. The team compared participants’ IOP and macula thickness with the number of toxic particulates reported at their home address, to find the association.
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