Archive for the ‘Glaucoma’ Category

What You Should Know About Glaucoma

Monday, January 7th, 2013

What is glaucoma

Glaucoma is actually a group of eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve resulting in vision loss.  Nearly half of your vision can be lost before one becomes aware of the vision loss.

Glaucoma facts

2.7 million Americans have glaucoma, although nearly half don’t know it-yet.  Glaucoma is the number one cause of preventable blindness.

Glaucoma risk factors

  • being of African, Asian, or Hispanic decent
  • being over 40 years of age
  • being highly nearsighted
  • having diabetes
  • having a family member with glaucoma

Although there is no cure for glaucoma currently, treatment can slow or prevent future vision loss. Routine eye exams can assess your risk of developing glaucoma.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Glaucoma Drug Good For Baldness?

Friday, December 21st, 2012

One of the most popular medications used to treat glaucoma is now being studied as a baldness treatment.   Bimatoprost is the active ingredient in Lumigan by Allergan and has been an effective medication to lower eye pressure.  It has been a great medication to treat glaucoma with one strange side effect:  it causes eye lash hair darkening and growth.

It was subsequently marked by Allergan as Latisse to enchance the length and thickness of lashes and now is being looked at as a possible treatement for baldness. There already has been anecdotal evidence that it works, but Allergan recently completed a Phase II study comparing brimatoprost to minoxidil for male pattern baldness.  There is hope for the hair challenged.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

January Is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Glaucoma Facts:

  • Nearly 50% of your vision can be lost without you noticing.
  • Approximately 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma.
  • About half of them don’t know they have glaucoma.
  • Glaucoma is the number one cause of preventable blindness.
  • Glaucoma can be detected during routine eye examination with your optometrist.

Get checked for glaucoma!

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

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Metabolic Syndrome Raises Risk Of Glaucoma

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

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Metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke; has also been linked to increasing the risk of glaucoma.

Glaucoma is an eye condition that causes damage to the optic nerve resulting in vision loss.  It generally occurs due to elevated pressure within the eye and has few, if any, symptoms until its more advanced stages.

A longitudinal cohort study published in Ophthalmology, included 2,182,135 members enrolled in a managed care network who received an eye examination between 2001 and 2007.  Data analysis showed the following increased risk of developing glaucoma:

  • High Cholesterol  5%
  • Obesity 15%
  • High Blood Pressure 17%
  • Diabetes 35%
  • Diabetes & High Blood Pressure 48%

Interested in determining your risk of glaucoma?  Schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.