Glaucoma not helped by smoking pot

Organizations touting the benefits of medicinal marijuana are common these days. One of the popular myths surrounding marijuana is that it is helpful in treating glaucoma. Due to this rather popular misconception, the National Eye Institute researched whether marijuana or it’s active ingredient, THC, could be used safely in treating intraocular eye pressure (IOP) which […]

Hot Tea Lessens Glaucoma Risk?

A recent study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology reveals a possible link between hot tea consumption and a lower risk of developing glaucoma. Researchers were looking for a link between glaucoma and coffee, tea and soda (both caffeinated and decaffeinated) and examined results of eye examinations from almost 1700 participants aged 40 and […]

5 Steps to Prevent Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetics are more prone to developing particular eye diseases, which include cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. There are steps, however, that can help preserve vision and lessen the likelihood of developing these diseases. Comprehensive dilated eye exams:  Every year, diabetic patients should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This allows your ophthalmologist to start treatment […]

Exercise may lower glaucoma risk

Researchers recently reviewed survey data within the United States and found that physically active people have a 73 percent lower risk of developing glaucoma. Glaucoma affects almost 3 million people in the United States and while there is no cure, early detection will allow for treatments that can help to preserve vision. Researchers at the […]

Lipid mediators may stop progress of glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness that affects about 80 million people around the world and has no cure. New research takes a look at a naturally occurring molecules known as lipid mediators as a treatment that may potentially stop the progress of glaucoma. Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley used both rats and […]

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 […]