According to a new study by Canadian scientists men
with glaucoma are over 2.58 times more likely to
have erectile dysfunction (ED) compared to men
without the eye disease and 40% of the men with
glaucoma also has erectile dysfunction.
The study focused on 128 men over age 40 who were
patients at an ophthalmology clinic in Vancouver,
British Columbia. Sixty-one men had glaucoma and the
remaining 67 patients served as a control group.
The severity of the two conditions appeared to be
linked as well: the severity of the two conditions
were “significantly correlated,” the authors wrote.
Co-author and UBC ophthalmology professor Frederick
Mikelberg emphasized that the results do not
indicate a cause and effect relationship. It’s
possible that blood vessel inflammation could
interfere with eye health and impair blood flow to
the penis, which is needed for a firm erection.
Another interesting and strong correlation to
glaucoma is presence of migraines. And migraine
headaches are a vascular disease often caused by
vascular spasms or vasospasms – constrictions of the
A migraine is a special kind of vascular headache.
Blood vessels constrict and decrease blood flow to
parts of brain.
This mechanism may occur in glaucoma and in ED.
For more information
Journal of Glaucoma
Correlation in Severity Between Glaucoma and
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