Being surrounded by pollution could shove people to have glaucoma, according to a new study released in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.
The study, led by UCL in the UK, said that people living in highly polluted areas are more likely to develop the risk of having glaucoma. Glaucoma is an eye condition that can cause blindness.
Lead study author Professor Paul Foster said the study highlights another reason why surging pollution levels must be determined, as it has been a constant issue that has caused several critical health concerns alongside eye health.
We are seeking to run on our research to identify if air pollution directly causes glaucoma until we confirm that the glaucoma association proposed in the study is causal. We will also endeavor to find preventive treatments that could prompt people to slash their contact with air pollution to alleviate risks concerning human health.
According to the study, glaucoma is an incurable and debilitating neurodegenerative disease that causes unrecoverable blindness; it perturbs more than 60 million people across the globe. It damages the optic nerve which is important for good vision with abnormally high pressure.
Several elements that cause glaucoma are out of one’s control, including genetic structures and aging factors. Finding another risk factor for glaucoma is an optimistic event. We can reduce the risk of glaucoma by air pollution by altering lifestyle and making changes in clinical treatments, Foster added.
The study findings involved analysis based on 111,370 participants in the UK who were engaged in eye tests performed from 2006 to 2010 in Britain. Researchers measured their home addresses to find an association of glaucoma with air pollution. They found that people living in the most polluted areas are 6% more likely to experience the risk of glaucoma.