Eye injections increase glaucoma risk

Patients who receive seven or more Intravitreous eye injections of bevacizumab (Avastin) each year are at a higher risk of eventually needing glaucoma surgery according to study results recently published in the JAMA Ophthalmology medical journal. Intravitreous injections are the standard therapy for patients suffering from the wet form of macular degeneration. Researchers examined data […]

Americans’ Greatest Health Fear? Going Blind

A study conducted by the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that most Americans deem loss of vision as the worst thing that could happen to them even when compared to memory loss, loss of speech, hearing or loss of limb or having HIV/AIDS. Despite the fact that most Americans […]

Swimming goggles raise intraocular pressure

Researchers recently evaluated the effect that swimming goggles have on intraocular pressure (IOP). Researchers found that swimming goggles caused an acute intraocular pressure elevation. Thirty-five people participated in the cross-sectional study. Researchers performed an Ocular Perfusion Pressure test, Goldman applanation tonometry and measured the Ocular Pulse Amplitude prior, during and after use of the swim […]

Can Pot Control Glaucoma?

Medical marijuana has been touted in some circles as a treatment for glaucoma. However, ophthalmologists and eye surgeons who treat glaucoma do not recommend marijuana as a therapy for the disease. There is no scientific evidence that marijuana is an effective long-term treatment and especially when it is compared to the conventional methods of treatment, […]

Sensor placed in eye can track intraocular pressure changes

A low-power sensor has been developed by researchers at the University of Washington that can be placed permanently in the eye and can monitor changes in eye pressure. This lens is implanted during cataract surgery and can immediately detect changes in pressure within the eye. The sensor transmits data via radio frequency waves. Glaucoma is often […]

Cerebrospinal fluid pressure may hold key to glaucoma

Researchers have discovered that cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid surrounding the brain) plays an important role in maintaining proper eye function. This discovery could lead to possible treatments for glaucoma. By raising the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid in rats, researchers were able to counterbalance elevated intraocular pressure. This in turn, kept the optic nerve from […]

Glaucoma drug may also help treat vision loss associated with obesity

A recent study evaluated the efficacy of the drug, Diamox, in treating the condition known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension which is a condition that typically affects overweight women of reproductive age and can lead to substantial vision loss. Diamox is a drug that is used to treat glaucoma. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a result of […]

iStent available for glaucoma patients

Last year, the FDA approved the iStent for treatment of open-angle glaucoma, which is the most common form of glaucoma. Open-glaucoma develops when the travecular meshwork within the eye becomes blocked or drains too slowly. This causes pressure to build up in the eye, which can then damage the optic nerve. The iStent is a […]

Over-Treatment of hypertension can worsen glaucoma

A recent study revealed that patients with normal-tension glaucoma are at a higher risk of losing their vision if they are being treated for systemic hypertension. The prevailing line of thought had been that getting blood pressure down to as low of levels as possible was the best way to go. Researchers discovered this was […]

2 stents helps eye pressure in glaucoma patients

Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) can be controlled using various treatments, including medications and surgical interventions. In cases where there is a clinically significant cataract, glaucoma procedures combined with the removal of the cataract can lower intraocular pressure (IOP) and reduce the need for glaucoma medications. One such procedure is the implantation of a trabecular micro-bypass stent, […]