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Glaucoma update 2017: Eye pressure, risk of glaucoma, glaucoma cure, is glaucoma hereditary

According to a survey conducted by the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 16 percent of African Americans and 9 percent of Caucasians were unfamiliar with the debilitating eye condition. It is not understanding the risk of glaucoma that often leads individuals to succumb to its negative effects of increased eye pressure. This is why, here at Bel Marra, we have taken the time to compile some of our most informative articles on the subject, to better inform our readers with the information that matters to them most. You will learn whether glaucoma is hereditary in nature, a potential discovery for a glaucoma cure, and how wearing a necktie may increase your risk.

Eye pressure and risk of glaucoma

Eye pressure is medically referred to as intraocular pressure and can vary throughout the day, however, this pressure may also cause nerve damage that can result in glaucoma. Normal eye pressure can vary from 10 to 21 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) throughout the day, but if this pressure varies outside of the normal range, it can cause irreversible damage. Continue reading to learn how eye pressure relates to glaucoma, what this pressure is caused by, how it is measured, and how eye pressure is treated. Continue reading

necktie-glaucomaWearing neckties may increase your risk for glaucoma

If men want to look professional or formal, wearing a suit and tie is the only option. These items are a staple in every hard-working man’s closet. It often conveys a sense of professionalism and maturity to others and perhaps even promotes a status of wealth. However, according to a recent study, your suit and tie may be working against you. Wearing a necktie may be damaging your eye health, leading to an increased risk of glaucoma. Continue reading

naturally-occurring-proteinNaturally occurring protein discovered that can help cure glaucoma

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness if left untreated, and despite receiving treatment, about 10 percent will still lose their vision. Currently, there isn’t a cure for glaucoma, with current treatment methods focused on slowing its progression and controlling symptoms.

However, new research out of Macquarie University in Australia may have found a way to prevent glaucoma’s permanent loss of vision. They have discovered a naturally occurring protein in the body that protects the eye from the disease. Continue reading

new-device-glaucoma-New device to help glaucoma patients coming to the U.S

Over three million Americans are living with glaucoma, an eye condition that results in damage to the optic nerve that is responsible for providing us with the ability to see. Most people affected by the condition are over the age of 60, which is partly because glaucoma is an insidious disease that is commonly diagnosed after the damage has already been done.

Glaucoma management may get a little easier, as a new device has been created that allows glaucoma patients to measure their own eye pressure at home. Called “Icare HOME,” the new device aims to reduce repeat trips to the doctor’s office. Continue reading

Is-glaucoma-hereditary-or-a-genetic-diseaseIs glaucoma hereditary or a genetic disease?

Glaucoma is a series of conditions that cause irreparable damage to the optic nerve, potentially causing vision loss and blindness. It has a hereditary and non-hereditary form, meaning everyone is at risk of developing it, though individuals who have a family history of the disease are more likely to be affected.

In fact, those with a family history of glaucoma are four to nine times more likely to develop it, most notably in its primary open-angle form. Glaucoma has also been linked to genetic mutations, meaning that you may be predisposed to developing it. While it normally affects older adults, some younger people do develop the disease, though the cause, in this case, is nearly always hereditary. Continue reading

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