Glaucoma is a condition most often associated with increased pressure within the eye. Over time it leads to damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision.
In addition, Glaucoma is the most common cause of blindness in people over 60 years old, but it can also affect children. Research in predicting, treating and preventing Glaucoma is ongoing.
Promising Glaucoma Research to Help All Ages
Researchers studying Primary Congenital Glaucoma (a severe form of Glaucoma that occurs between birth and age three) have begun to make progress in understanding, preventing, and treating the disease.
Using gene editing, scientists created a model of Primary Congenital Glaucoma in mice. They injected those mice with a protein that prevented glaucoma from ever developing.
Furthermore, the protein was successful in reducing eye pressure in healthy adult mice.
Vision Loss from Glaucoma is Not Reversible
While this research is promising, it is important to remember that vision loss from Glaucoma is not reversible. If you have Glaucoma, adhere to your physician’s recommendations on follow up and treatment.
If you live in Central New Jersey, we’d love for you to come in for an eye exam so we can safeguard the health of your vision. Contact us to request an appointment.