While science and nervous grandmothers have long known that certain sexual activities are inextricably linked to blindness, jerking off for example, a new study has found prolonged use of birth control pills may be related to an increased susceptibility to glaucoma.
The study, presented at a meeting of the American Association of Ophthalmology meeting on Sunday looked over 3,000 women over 40, and found that those who has been on the pill for three years or longer had double the risk of developing glaucoma.
Of course, in all such studies like this, the alarmist headline isn’t necessarily cause for panic.
“We can’t really say [birth control pills] cause glaucoma,” said study researcher and author Elaine Wang, of Duke University. “But if you have been taking it for more than three years, and especially if you have other risk factors such as family history and older age, then you might want to talk to your doctor and go see an ophthalmologist to screen for glaucoma.” ABC News
Not taking birth control, other studies have shown, leads to all other sorts of medical complications down the line, such as having a damn wiener kid.