Scientists uncover five genetic markers for glaucoma

Scientists have discovered new genetic areas linked to an increased risk of glaucoma – the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. The investigation studied the genetic make up of about 40,000 people and identified five previously unknown genetic areas linked to an increased risk of primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG). Co-author of the study Professor … Read more

Glaucoma treatment expected to improve with new stem cell method

a bid to improve glaucoma treatments and open prospects for personalized medicine, researchers have succeeded in making retinal ganglion cells from stem cells derived from human skin cells. They report their work in the journal Stem Cells. The researchers say the stem cell method they have developed will help to study the underlying mechanism of … Read more

Eating your greens might stave off glaucoma

estimated 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and 120,000 are blind because of the disease. A study published this week in JAMA Ophthalmology shows that a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables might reduce the risk of this debilitating disease. It is time to break out the spinach. Could nitrates in leafy greens prevent glaucoma? Glaucoma … Read more

Glaucoma: why are so many of us blind to this sight-stealing disease?

aucoma is a primary cause of vision loss and blindness in the US, affecting around 2.7 million people – a number that is expected to reach 4.2 million by 2030. While severe glaucoma-related vision loss can often be prevented, there is one major barrier: around half of patients with the disease do not know they … Read more


ew study reveals how a “smart” contact lens can help identify which patients with glaucoma – a leading cause of blindness – are most likely to experience disease progression. Researchers say the smart lens could help doctors identify which glaucoma patients are at high risk for disease progression. Dr. C. Gustavo De Moraes, an associate … Read more

Yoga: downward dog increases eye pressure, risks for glaucoma patients

yoga is an ancient Indian practice that seeks to harmonize the body with the mind and breath through breathing techniques and physical postures. Though it has become a popular form of exercise in the Western world, a new study provides a point of caution, as its findings suggest certain poses increase eye pressure and present … Read more

‘Smart’ lens could predict risk of glaucoma progression

Dr. C. Gustavo De Moraes, an associate professor of ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York, NY, and colleagues reveal the success of the novel technology in the journal Ophthalmology. Glaucoma is a term for a group of conditions characterized by damage to the eye’s optic nerve, which can lead to vision … Read more