There are so many well-informed people on this forum and I appreciate all the info I find here. So apologies if has been aired before but there are several interesting observations about 'ocular manifestations' in relation to GCA in this fairly recent big Swedish study synopsis including:
'Men with GCA had a higher risk than women, and GCA patients without polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) symptoms had a higher risk than those with PMR symptoms. Living outside big cities was negatively associated with ocular manifestations in GCA patients, whereas hypertension and diabetes were associated with an increased risk of ocular manifestations'
I am wondering if higher rates of eyesight issues are also related to pollution in big cities after hearing recently that cardiovascular problems have been linked to this growing global problem but strokes and heart attacks are often not even recognised as part of it.
Other research also points out how high blood pressure and various co-morbidities can amplify vascular problems as most of us will know. Also interesting they are saying that those who DIDN'T also have PMR symptoms have a greater risk of eyesight problems ...
Anyway the link: