Living in a more polluted area is associated with a greater likelihood of having glaucoma, Medical Express reports.
A new study led by University College London (UCL) found that people in neighborhoods with higher amounts of fine particulate matter pollution were at least 6% more likely to report having glaucoma than those in the least-polluted areas.
The findings were published in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.
“We have found yet another reason why air pollution should be addressed as a public health priority, and that avoiding sources of air pollution could be worthwhile for eye health alongside other health concerns,” said the study’s lead author, Professor Paul Foster of UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Glaucoma is the leading global cause of irreversible blindness and affects more than 60 million people worldwide.