A Drop a day Can Keep Glaucoma At Bay

by Medindia Content Team on  June 23, 2004 at 12:10 PM Research News   - G J E 4
A Drop a day Can Keep Glaucoma At Bay
Glaucoma occurs when the fluid that flows in and out of the eye drains too slowly, gradually increasing pressure inside the eye. A new study shows pressure-lowering eye drops may delay or possibly prevent the onset of glaucoma in nearly 50 percent of blacks, who are at higher risk for developing the disease. According to the article, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the black community, and as a group, blacks are three-times more likely than whites to develop the disease.

Researchers say the therapeutic benefit of medication does not imply that every patient with glaucoma requires treatment. Factors such as corneal thickness, age, and general health should be considered when determining who should be treated rather than solely relying on race.

Results of a 22-center study shows only 8.4 percent of black participants who received eye drops developed glaucoma. In comparison, 16.1 percent of the black participants who did not receive the daily eye drops developed glaucoma.

Thus investigators stress that blacks over age 40 should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every two years to determine glaucoma risk. If detected early, glaucoma usually can be controlled, preventing serious vision loss

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I think i am suffering from Glaucoma, i don't have symptoms like headache or vomiting but since choldhood i am having vision problem, and one of my eye have same vision as Glaucoma patient have its blur and some part of vision is cloudy. I don't know what kind of madication i can take (eye drop)to prevent from further loss of vision? And from now on i am thinking of doing Yoga exercise for my eye hoping that it will improve my vision.Is it good to do eye exercise for Glaucoma patient. thank you Suraj
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