Published in a peer-reviewed journal, the study shows that patients who are moderately nearsighted have about 1.5 times the chance of developing glaucoma. Patients with higher degrees of nearsightedness have about a 2.5 times higher chance.
This information adds one more piece of information that all patients must be aware of with regards to the 'silent killer' of vision. All patients over the age of 50 should be examined every year for glaucoma and other diseases of the eye that become more common as we age. And patients who are nearsighted and their eye doctors need to be even more careful!