Statins Appear to Reduce Glaucoma Risk

Author: Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP

Taking statins appears to reduce the risk of developing open-angle glaucoma, according to the results of a recent study.

Researchers have found potential new indications for statins—originally developed to lower cholesterol—in preventing a range of diseases and conditions, including cerebrovascular and cardiac events, ischemic stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. Based on evidence that statins may be protective in other central nervous system disorders, several researchers have looked at the possibility that statins may prevent open-angle glaucoma (OAG).
 
For a study published online on June 22, 2012, in Ophthalmology, researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School used a nationwide health care claims database containing detailed medical records for 500,000 older Americans with hyperlipidemia to look for an association between statin use and OAG. After adjustment for confounding factors, they found:
Ms. Wick is a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and a freelance writer from Virginia.