Glaucoma Articles

This is the place for the latest information about our work here at Glaucoma Research Foundation and for current events in the world of eye health. All breakthroughs and insights are made possible through the dedication of researchers, and through the continued financial support and active involvement of the community.

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Art Takahara Personal Story

Art Takahara Personal Story

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“My message to those who have family members or friends who have learned that they have glaucoma is for them to try to understand for themselves what the disease is all about.”
The Eye Exam Demystified

The Eye Exam Demystified

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While you may not look forward to your annual health exams, including eye exams, it’s important for maintaining your well-being.
Glaucoma Faq: Answers To Your Questions

Glaucoma FAQ: Answers to Your Questions

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Each person’s glaucoma is unique. These discussion points may be helpful during your next visit with your eye doctor.
Glaucoma Eye Drops Prevent Vision Loss — But Only If Patients Use Them

Glaucoma Eye Drops Prevent Vision Loss — But Only if Patients Use Them

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Prescription eye drops work to prevent glaucoma progression but only if taken on a regular and consistent basis.
Glaucoma Surgery

Glaucoma Surgery

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Surgery involves either laser treatment or making a cut in the eye to reduce the intraocular pressure.
Does Blood Pressure Affect Glaucoma?

Does Blood Pressure Affect Glaucoma?

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Blood pressure has an effect on glaucoma, but perhaps not in the way you might think.
Premium Intraocular Lenses (Iols) For Patients With Glaucoma

Premium Intraocular Lenses (IOLs) for Patients with Glaucoma

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During cataract surgery, the cataract is removed and a new lens is placed into the eye. These lenses are termed intraocular lenses, or IOLs. For patients undergoing cataract surgery, there are many new options in IOLs.
Nutrition And Glaucoma

Nutrition and Glaucoma

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While good nutrition plays a role in disease prevention and overall health, there is no convincing data that herbal medicines or nutritional supplements, such as vitamins, help to prevent glaucoma.
Trabectome Surgery: A Minimally-Invasive Glaucoma Procedure

Trabectome Surgery: A Minimally-Invasive Glaucoma Procedure

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Trabectome surgery is a minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery that has been available since 2005 to lower eye pressure. It is usually effective, has a good safety profile, and is usually combined with cataract removal to lower eye pressure.
Living With Glaucoma

Living With Glaucoma

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A good working relationship with your eye doctor is the key to effective glaucoma care.
Should You Be Smoking Marijuana To Treat Your Glaucoma?

Should You Be Smoking Marijuana To Treat Your Glaucoma?

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Although marijuana can lower eye pressure, recommending it does not make sense given its side effects, short duration of action, and lack of evidence that its use alters the course of glaucoma.
Optic Nerve Imaging

Optic Nerve Imaging

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Glaucoma specialists take pictures of the optic nerve to measure the health of your eye and your risk for glaucoma.
Glaucoma And The Brain

Glaucoma and the Brain

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Researchers now view glaucoma as a disease of the brain — a neurodegenerative disease — rather than simply an eye disease.
Early Retina Cell Changes In Glaucoma Identified

Early Retina Cell Changes in Glaucoma Identified

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A study published by Andrew D. Huberman, PhD and Rana N. El-Danaf, PhD points to the specific structural features and cell types in the retina that may act as key factors in glaucoma progression.
Can Glaucoma Be Cured?

Can Glaucoma Be Cured?

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We hope to one day restore vision lost from glaucoma, but that can’t presently be done.
Preservative-Free Glaucoma Medications

Preservative-free Glaucoma Medications

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Glaucoma medications free of preservatives may significantly reduce toxicity-related ocular surface disease, affecting a patient’s quality of life.
Personal Story: Christopher Wilmoth

Personal Story: Christopher Wilmoth

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Christopher has been living with glaucoma for 10 years. And he’s only 11.
Dr. Derek S. Welsbie Awarded The 2014 Shaffer Prize For Innovative Glaucoma Research

Dr. Derek S. Welsbie awarded the 2014 Shaffer Prize for Innovative Glaucoma Research

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Derek Welsbie, MD, PhD was awarded the 2014 Shaffer Prize for Innovative Glaucoma Research for his study “Evaluating the Role of the c-Jun N-terminal Kinase Cascade in Retinal Ganglion Cell Death.”
Calkins Team Tracking New Options To Treat Glaucoma

Calkins Team Tracking New Options to Treat Glaucoma

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“We believe this is an important step toward a new and powerful treatment option for glaucoma patients who are going blind despite efforts to lower or manage their eye pressure.” — David Calkins, PhD
Regenerating Lost Vision In Glaucoma

Regenerating Lost Vision in Glaucoma

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What can we do when patients have lost functional vision in glaucoma?
Glaucoma Eye Drops: Suggestions On Use

Glaucoma Eye Drops: Suggestions on Use

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Eye drops can be challenging to instill. Here are some tips you may find helpful.
Catalyst For A Cure Research Progress 2013

Catalyst for a Cure Research Progress 2013

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Catalyst for a Cure is a unique approach to research developed by Glaucoma Research Foundation to accelerate the pace of discovery toward a cure for glaucoma.
Interview With Glaucoma Researcher Tonia Rex, Phd

Interview with Glaucoma Researcher Tonia Rex, PhD

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GRF awarded Dr. Tonia Rex the Shaffer Prize for Innovative Glaucoma Research in 2012 for her project investigating a neuroprotective therapy in a model of inherited glaucoma.
Problems With Prescription Eye Drop Refills?

Problems with Prescription Eye Drop Refills?

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Some glaucoma patients who use eye drop medications have been faced with more stringent restrictions on their prescriptions.
Biomarkers For Glaucoma

Biomarkers for Glaucoma

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What is a biomarker? A biomarker is an indicator of a biological condition that, in some cases, can assist in the diagnosis and management of disease.