Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Unfortunately the disease cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. However, in order to properly treat glaucoma in Washington, DC, and other parts of the US, early intervention is vital. It is against this background that a possible link between glaucoma and the use of birth control pills, has some ophthalmologists concerned.
The results of recent research conducted suggested a possible link between the long term use of oral contraceptives, and the development of glaucoma. While these findings are important, the researchers point to other risk factors that are usually present in women who develop glaucoma. These factors include nearsightedness and farsightedness, advanced age, low blood pressure, and diabetes.
If left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness, because of the fact that it damages the optic nerve. Even in instances where the disease is properly treated, people may still experience some vision loss. Therefore early detection is needed in order to minimize vision loss.
Glaucoma often goes undetected, because in its most common form, symptoms are not easily apparent. Because of this, many people who have the disease are not aware that they have it. Loss of peripheral vision is perhaps one of the earliest symptoms that may occur, but patients often compensate for this, or ignore it until it is too late.
In view of the findings regarding the possible dangers, women who regularly use birth control pills and also exhibit other risk factors should have regular eye checks. If the disease is detected early, there is a better chance of halting vision loss. Ophthalmologists can treat glaucoma in Washington D.C. with the use of eye drops, as well as laser surgery. Laser surgery is far more effective.