Navigation Links
More Retinal Detachment Seen With Higher Income Status

Findings shed no light on reason for link, Scottish researchers say

TUESDAY, Sept. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Wealthy people are twice as likely to suffer retinal detachment as poorer people, according to Scottish researchers who said they couldn't identify the reason for the disparity.

Retinal detachment -- the separation of the retina from its connection at the back of the eye -- usually occurs as a result of a tear in the retina. If patients don't receive immediate treatment, retinal detachment can lead to permanent vision loss.

The new study included 572 patients diagnosed with primary retinal detachment in Scotland over a one-year period between 2007 and 2008. The rate of retinal detachment was 15.4 per 100,000 population among the most affluent patients, compared with 13.6 per 100,000 for the second-most affluent patients, 9.3 per 100,000 for the third-most affluent patients, and 6.9 per 100,000 among the least affluent patients.

This was a surprising finding that's never been reported before, said Dr. David Yorston of Gartnavel General Hospital in Glasgow, and colleagues.

"We have not found any satisfactory explanation for the greater incidence of [retinal detachment] in less deprived patients. It is possible that a combination of small differences in known risk factors, such as myopia [short-sightedness] and previous cataract surgery account for the difference," they wrote. "However, we cannot exclude the possibility that affluence is associated with some other, hitherto, unknown risk factor."

The study appears online Sept. 29 in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

More information

The U.S. National Eye Institute has more about retinal detachment.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: BMJ Journals, news release, Sept. 28, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. MIT retinal implant could help restore some vision
2. Stemedica Discovers Significant Breakthrough in the Use of Stem Cells and Stem Cell Factors for the Treatment of Retinal Degeneration
3. In retinal disease, sight may depend on second sites
4. Study reports success in treating a rare retinal disorder
5. Growth factor TGF-B helps maintain health of retinal blood vessels
6. Eye Cells Believed to Be Retinal Stem Cells Are Misidentified
7. Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
8. Cell death from cytomegalovirus may bring new life to treatment of retinal disease
9. CA$2.4 million toward gene therapy for human degenerative retinal diseases
10. Anti-VEGF drugs for retinal diseases could have serious side effects, scientists caution
11. Anti-VEGF Drugs for Retinal Diseases Could Have Serious Side Effects, Scientists Caution
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Holcomb – Kreithen ... plastic surgery practices in Florida, is proud to announce that Dr. Joshua Kreithen, ... giant Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company. , Ethicon is a global ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... EMIGSVILLE, PA (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... (CCMS) software provider, has verified that their Vasont Universal Integrator (VUI) extension unites ... handle creating, editing, and managing content as a continuous process with the latest ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Maryland (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... interactions could be of critical importance to the medical schools of the future. ... exhibited its healthcare suite at the 2015 ChangeMedEd conference in Chicago, organized by ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... Innovaacom, a leading provider of medical ... survey of educational needs for pharmacists worldwide. The poll of pharmacists in Europe, ... quality online and face-to-face education for pharmacists who are fast becoming the new ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... In 2016, expected coding changes are likely to include new codes for spine ... not easy to understand the effects of code changes in musculoskeletal, radiology and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN ) and ... today jointly announced a new integrated set of clinical ... College of Radiology,s (ACR) Imaging 3.0™ tools to enable ... current and emerging value-based payment models . ... clinical decision support, radiology reporting and image sharing technology ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  Novartis will demonstrate ... the 57 th American Society of Hematology (ASH) ... and myelomas as well as supportive care, including key ... to personalized cell therapies. The ASH Annual Meeting will ... . Novartis Oncology . "We will ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... IRVINE, Calif. and REHOVOT, Israel ... privately held specialty pharmaceutical company focused on acquiring and ... disorders, today announced the appointment of Keith A. ... directors. Gregory J. Flesher , chief executive ... experience in building successful organizations.  As chairman, he will ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: