The Effect of Statins on the Development of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a disease that, left untreated, progressively robs vision starting with peripheral vision and working its way towards central vision.  Researchers have recently observed that when patients with hyperlipidemia (high lipid in the blood) are placed on a category of lipid lowering drugs called statins that they are less likely to develop glaucoma.  This study was reported in the October 2012 issue of Ophthalmology magazine.  This is great news for those at risk for the development of glaucoma.  Further research will need to be done to help determine how this apparent protective effect could bless our patients.

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