Growth Hormone May Cause Higher Eye Pressure in Kids

A new study suggests that short children treated with growth hormones may have an increased risk of experiencing eye pressure.

Researchers from the Tel Aviv University in Israel studied 55 children who had been receiving growth hormone treatments for 31 months on average and compared them to 24 children with similar conditions who had not been treated with hormones, according to Reuters. They found that children given higher doses of growth hormones and for longer treatment periods experienced higher eye pressure.

High eye pressure has been linked to glaucoma, which is a disease that may lead to blindness, according to Reuters.

Researchers said that they do not know the long-term effects of hormone use and that most studies only examine side effects during the time of treatment. Although they see little cause for concern, they recommend regular screenings for children with a family history of glaucoma.

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