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February 2005

Gender Differences in Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension

Arch Ophthalmol. 2005;123(2):284. doi:10.1001/archopht.123.2.284-a

Allow me to add another perspective to the thoughtful editorial “Does Sex Matter in Glaucoma?”1 which stated, “There is no clear consensus in the ophthalmic literature regarding the association of sex and glaucoma.” While the editorial speaks of “glaucomatous disease” and “glaucoma” in general, it perhaps addresses, without saying so, the issue of primary open-angle glaucoma alone. For the evidence is solid when it comes to anatomic gender differences and their implication for the prevalence and pathogenesis of ocular hypertension and primary angle-closure glaucoma.

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