New research involving New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai shows a link between patients with XFS and pulmonary disease. The results have been published in the February issue of Glaucoma Ophthalmology.
Exfoliation syndrome is the most common recognizable cause of open-angle glaucoma worldwide. This systemic disorder is associated with other conditions such as hearing loss, and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. Dr. Robert Ritch and a team of researchers discovered XFS patients may be at increased risk of COPD. Their study went on to reveal surprising results. One may expect patients with both conditions to die earlier, but this research proves otherwise. Investigators discovered COPD patients with XFS actually have significantly greater survival rates compared to those with COPD and no XFS.
More research needs to be done to uncover why patients with both COPD and XFS have a sizable survival advantage over those with COPD alone.