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Higher Cholesterol Linked to Increased Glaucoma Risk, but Statins Seem to Help

15:27 EDT 2 May 2019 | NEJM

Risk for primary open-angle glaucoma seems to increase as cholesterol levels increase, but long-term statin use may be protective, suggests an observational study...

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