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Glaucoma

Myopia development in juvenile open angle glaucoma could indicate glaucoma progression

Posted on April 8, 2021
Myopia development in juvenile open angle glaucoma could indicate glaucoma progression

Patients with juvenile open angle glaucoma (JOAG) who experience glaucoma progression had a greater baseline myopic refraction and a faster myopia development over time, according to a study.

In this retrospective study, 37 patients (74 eyes) with JOAG were followed for ≥5 years for glaucomatous progression. Glaucoma progression was observed in 8 patients (11 eyes, 14.9%). The median time to progression was 7.4 years.

The prevalence of myopia in patients with JOAG was 70.3%, in progressors was 87.5%, and in non-progressors was 65.5%.

“The development of myopia in JOAG eyes could be an indicator of glaucoma progression, and hence progressing myopic (≤−1 D) JOAG patients should be followed up more rigorously,” concluded the authors.

Reference
Gupta, Singh, Mahalingam, et aMyopia and glaucoma progression among patients with juvenile onset open angle glaucoma: A retrospective follow up study. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2021; https://doi.org/10.1111/opo.12805.

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