News Sections
Audio
Cocaine Use Linked To Glaucoma
Updated May 5, 2013 12:09 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
 Print    Archive    RSS

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A new study shows a potential connection between cocaine use and glaucoma.

The study from the IU school of medicine at IUPUI says current and former cocaine users have a 45 percent higher risk for glaucoma, after adjusting for race and age.

Dr. Dustin French says the study started with a number of younger patients coming in to Department of Veteran's Affairs clinics with glaucoma.

"Some of these patients were scheduled for glaucoma surgery and as we were going through the medical records, we saw that many of these patients had been previously been screened positive for a history of substance abuse." says Dr. French.

Dr. French says those that suffered glaucoma and had a history of illegal drug use were 20 years younger than those without illegal drug use.

He says other risk factors for glaucoma include race, elevated eye pressure, increased age and family history. The study says while cocaine use increases the risk of glaucoma, it doesn't prove to be a cause of glaucoma.



« Previous Article
Next Article »

 Print    Archive    RSS

Have a question or comment about a news story? Send it to comments@wbiw.com

Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW
Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW


1340 AM WBIW, Bedford's Place To Talk. Serving Lawrence and surrounding counties since 1948!

© 2014 Ad-Venture Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.   WBIW.com and Listen Live Powered by HPC

Advertise  |  Careers  |  About  |  Feedback