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The pill won’t cause blindness

Having spent more than a decade of my life on birth control pills, I was personally alarmed to see headlines earlier this week declaring that the pill “doubles the risk of blindness.” Judging from my friends’ Facebook posts about this new study, many of them are nervous too.

The research finding, presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting last week in New Orleans, found that women who took the pill for three or more years had double the risk of developing glaucoma — an eye disease that can lead to blindness — years later.

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