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Current research on the diversity of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)-related effects does not necessarily focus on traditional issues, such as quality of life, cardiovascular disease, bone protection or cancer. Some studies highlight the effects of HRT on other organs and systems that are rarely addressed in the context of menopause medicine. Tint and colleagues [1] have investigated intra-ocular pressure (IOP) in young postmenopausal women who had no ophthalmic problems. Ninety-one ever-users of HRT (mean age 56 years) were compared with 172 never-users of postmenopausal hormones (mean age 61 years). The study showed that hormone users had a mean 1.4 mmHg lower IOP than that found in the non-users. Adjustment for age, time of measurement and concomitant therapy with beta-blockers did not change the results. There was no difference between women taking estrogen alone or a combination of estrogen and progestogen.

Author(s)

  • Amos Pines
    Department of Medicine T, Ichilov Hospital, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Citations

  1. Tint NL, Alexander P, Tint KM, et al. Hormone therapy and intraocular pressure in nonglaucomatous eyes. Menopause 2009 Sep 16. Epub ahead of print.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19770781
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