by Anna Maltby
Gorman Studio (Christopher & Thomas) Yesterday, some interesting news came out of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual meeting: Women who take oral contraceptives for three or more years could potentially be twice as likely to develop glaucoma as those who take oral birth control for shorter periods of time, say researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, Duke University School of Medicine and Nanchang University in China. And FYI, glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States -- especially when left untreated.
The researchers suspect there may be a connection between hormone levels of women who take birth control and the role estrogen plays in the development of glaucoma.
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"The exact role birth control pills may play in this connection is unclear," lead researcher Elaine Wang told SELF. "Oral contraceptives work by interfering with the natural oscillation of female hormones in our body. [One Read More »from Could Taking Birth Control Raise Your Risk for Glaucoma?