Men are more likely to suffer severe vision loss from idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) than women, according to a study published in the October 15 online edition of Neurology. The condition is more prevalent in females; however, when men are diagnosed with IIH, they are twice as likely as women to experience significant vision problems in one or both eyes.


Glaucoma patients are 38% more likely to have had a thyroid disorder during their lifetime, according to an October 16 article in the online issue of the British Journal of Ophthalmology. The study polled 12,376 participants for self-reported histories of glaucoma, thyroid disorder, smoking status and demographic data. Of these, 4.6% noted a history of glaucoma and, of that group, 11.9% reported a history of thyroid problems. The authors believe that thyroid disorders (and treatment of thyroid disorders) may increase intraocular pressure.

The National Optometry Hall of Fame seeks nominations for its 2009 inductees. Letters of nomination should be mailed to: National Optometry Hall of Fame, Attn: Julie Mahoney, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., 1st Floor, St. Louis, MO 63131; faxed to (314) 983-7302; or e-mailed to before December 31.

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