Glaucoma linked with higher mortality

February 8, 2008

Glaucoma may be associated with an increased rate of mortality in adults.

Glaucoma may be associated with an increased rate of mortality in adults, according to a report published online ahead of print by Eye.

Liang Xu and co-workers from the Beijing Eye study examined 4,356 subjects for glaucoma in 2001, with a detected glaucoma frequency of 3.1%. All participants were invited for a follow-up examination in 2006.

Of the 4,356 subjects, 3,208 (73.6%) returned for a follow-up examination, while 124 (2.8%) were dead and 1,024 (23.5%) did not agree to be re-examined or had moved away. Mortality rate was significantly higher in the 135 glaucoma subjects (11.1%) than in the 4,221 patients without glaucoma (2.6%).

The study data therefore suggests that there may be an increased rate of mortality among glaucoma sufferers.