Latest Optic nerve Stories

2009-01-29 10:09:20

Yearly screening that can lead to early detection of glaucoma can help prevent long-term damage to eye sight, ophthalmologists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston advised. "The biggest problem with glaucoma is that it's a silent disease, a 'sneak thief of sight'," said Dr. Silvia Orengo-Nania, professor of ophthalmology in the Baylor Eye Clinic at BCM. "You could have visual damage occurring over time and not know it. Once damage occurs, it is irreversible and you will not be able to get...

2008-12-23 20:41:52

The sneak thief of sight -- glaucoma -- often associated with the elderly, can strike at any age, a U.S. non-profit group warns. Officials at the Chicago-based Prevent Blindness America say glaucoma causes loss of sight by slowly damaging the optic nerve, which results in loss of peripheral vision. If not treated central vision can be lost as well. There were no warning signs. I had very close to 20/20 vision and never had any pain, A.J. DeGeorge, a 27-year-old being treated for the disease...

2008-08-02 03:00:07

By Lee, Heather That yearly checkup doesn't guarantee you're covered. Ask your M.D. about these important screens. You wouldn't dream of skipping your annual Pap or even your twice-ajar teeth cleaning. But there are a few tests you may be missing that can spot early signs of heart disease, glaucoma, and more. "Doctors check for common problems, but you may need to ask for a specific screen if you're at risk for a certain disease," says Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director of the Women's...

2006-11-16 15:01:30

Allergan's memantine could offer a novel mechanism to slow glaucoma progression if the current phase III trial shows positive data. However, unless the drug demonstrates significant benefits, the high cost of memantine in comparison to available therapies will hinder initial uptake and Datamonitor predicts modest 2008 revenues of $51 million. A disease of the eye that affects over three million US patients, glaucoma causes degeneration of the optic nerve, leading to progressive blindness....

2005-06-23 14:20:00

Irvine, Calif. - In discovering a protein that helps organize the development of the retina, UC Irvine researchers have found a new molecular mechanism that may allow for stem cell-based therapies to treat eye disorders such as retinal degeneration. The finding also reveals how the retina's own stem cells can be directed to aid the growth of new cells to replace diseased or dying ones in the eye. Study results appear in the June 24 issue of the journal Science. Anne L. Calof in the...

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