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    Study: complementary, alternative meds for glaucoma show no benefit, harm

     

    Ophthalmologists should know that the Canadian study investigating CAM use among glaucoma patients found it was not disclosed to the ophthalmologist by 75% of users. However, at least for some of the more commonly used agents, there is likely no reason to be worried about concealed use, Dr. Welsbie said.

    “For carrots and bilberry, any possible risks are probably small, and while there had been concern that gingko could affect platelet function and interact with other anticoagulants, more recent data indicates that by itself, gingko probably does not cause a significant coagulopathy,” he explained.

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