Archive for the ‘Glaucoma’ Category

Glaucoma Risk factors

Glaucoma has been called “The Sneak Thief of Sight” because it slowly causes vision loss without warning signs. It can not be prevented but it can be controlled if diagnosed early. Certain people are at a greater risk than others:1) People over aged 502) Those severely nearsighted3) Individuals with diabetes, hypertension, previous eye surgery or […]

Long Term Corticosteroid Use May Lead to Cataracts Glaucoma

Long Term Corticosteroid Use May Lead to Cataracts Glaucoma Corticosteroids are used with countless people by suppressing the immune response and inflammation. They are the cornerstone of treatment for ailments like rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, ulcerative colitis, and many other diseases. With long-term use they have serious side effects such as weight gain, hypertension, osteoporosis, diabetes, thinning […]

What’s Race Got to Do With It?

While each patient is an individual, racial differences exist for certain eye conditions and knowing these differences affects diagnosis and treatment. For example, some forms of glaucoma (primary open angle) is up to 4.3 times more prevalent in blacks compared to whites. In addition, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is twice as high in […]

Corticosteroid Use

Long Term Corticosteroid Use May Lead to Cataracts Glaucoma Corticosteroids are used with countless people by suppressing the immune response and inflammation. They are the cornerstone of treatment for ailments like rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, ulcerative colitis, and many other diseases. With long-term use they have serious side effects such as weight gain, hypertension, osteoporosis, diabetes, thinning […]

Similarities Between Glaucoma and Alzheimers or Parkinson’s

Researchers reveal similarities between glaucoma and Alzheimers or Parkinson’s diseaseA new understanding of glaucoma has emerged. “Glaucoma isn’t simply an eye disease but rather a degenerative nerve disorder, not unlike Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.” Glaucoma begins with injury to the optic nerve as it exits the back of the eye the damage then spreading from […]

What are signs and symptoms of glaucoma?

There are 2 major types of glaucoma: open-angle glaucoma and acute closed-angle (also called narrow angle) glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma (about 90% of all glaucoma) usually has no signs or symptoms in its early stages, the first sign is usually loss of peripheral (side) vision. This is why it is so difficult because the vision loss […]

Glaucoma Caused by Genetic Teamwork

Researchers have found that glaucoma seems to be caused by two, or more, mutated genes working together. There has been a long suspected link between glaucoma and gene WDR36. Work at the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Alberta suggests that there must be several different genes that need to change in order […]

Glaucoma

Most people believe that glaucoma is a disease of eye pressure. There is basically a triad of findings that “point to” a diagnosis of glaucoma. The three variables include eye pressure (intraocular pressure), visual fields and the appearance of the optic nerve (the nerve that “carries” visual impulses to the brain). If a patient has […]

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in U.S.

Glaucoma affects more than 3 million Americans, half of which may not even realize they have the disease. Those at highest risk for the condition include people over 60, African Americans 40 or older and people with a family history of glaucoma. Glaucoma happens when eye pressure leads to optic nerve damage and reduced peripheral […]

FDA approves bimatoprost (Lumigan) for treatment of eyelash hypotrichosis

The glaucoma drug bimatoprost has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of eyelash hypotrichosis (la shes that are not long, thick or dark enough). The drug will be marketed under the name of Latisse and is applied to the base of the upper eyelashes and increases growth within eight to […]