glaucoma

Glaucoma, a disease that afflicts nearly 70 million people worldwide, is something of a mystery despite its prevalence. Little is known about the origins of the disease, which damages the retina and optic nerve and can lead to blindness. A new study from MIT and Massachusetts Eye and Ear has found that glaucoma may in… Read more

New research by Michigan State University neuroscientists indicates that spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may alter the brain’s structure and impair your ability to remember and learn. The research team investigated the brains of Nile grass rats – which, like humans, are diurnal and sleep at night – after exposing… Read more

Researchers at Caltech have developed an eye implant for glaucoma patients that could one day lead to faster and more effective treatment. If you have ever been to an ophthalmologist, you have probably had your eye pressure checked. With your chin resting on a support to keep your head still, the doctor applies pressure to… Read more

Stem cell secretions, called exosomes, appear to protect cells in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye, a new study in rats shows. The findings point to potential therapies for glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Exosomes are tiny membrane-enclosed packages that form inside of cells before… Read more

Scientists have discovered that the high pressure in the eye that occurs with most common forms of glaucoma can trigger two genes that work together to cause vision loss, a finding that may help pave the way for new glaucoma drugs. There is currently no way to prevent onset or worsening of glaucoma and it… Read more