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Staying Active May Lower Odds for Glaucoma

Posted 15 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – You probably know that exercise benefits your heart and waistline. But how about your vision? Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles analyzed long-term data on American adults, and found that the most physically active folks were 73 percent less likely to develop glaucoma than the least active individuals. For each 10-minute increase in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a week, the risk of glaucoma fell by 25 percent, according to the study. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It is most common in people older than 40. Study author Dr. Victoria Tseng said the research suggests it's not only the act of exercising that may be associated with decreased glaucoma risk. "People who exercise with higher speed and more steps of walking or running may even further decrease their glaucoma risk compared to ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

FDA Approves Vyzulta (latanoprostene bunod) Ophthalmic Solution for Open-Angle Glaucoma, Ocular Hypertension

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

LAVAL, Quebec and SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France, Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.'s (NYSE: VRX and TSX: VRX) wholly owned subsidiary, Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, and Nicox S.A. (Euronext Paris: FR0013018124, COX), an international ophthalmic company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the New Drug Application (NDA) for Vyzulta (latanoprostene bunod ophthalmic solution, 0.024%). Vyzulta, the first prostaglandin analog with one of its metabolites being nitric oxide (NO), is indicated for the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension.1 "With today's approval of Vyzulta, our customers and their patients with glaucoma now have a new treatment option that can help provide consistent and sustained IOP lowering, the only modifiable risk ... Read more

Related support groups: Glaucoma, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Latanoprostene Bunod, Vyzulta

Health Tip: Keep Your Eyes Healthier

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- As you grow older, your eyes are more prone to diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests how to keep your eyes healthier: Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and a don a hat with a wide brim when you are outside. Stop smoking. Eat eye-healthy foods. Maintain ahealthy weight and get enough exercise. Strive for normalblood pressure. If you have diabetes, keep it under control. Prevent eye strain by looking away from your computer every 20 minutes. Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Cataract, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Aphakia, Pseudophakia, Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

Coming Soon: Glaucoma Self-Care, From Home?

Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – For many glaucoma patients, repeat trips to a doctor's office to check on their eyes can be a real pain. But new research supports the usefulness of a device that allows glaucoma patients to measure their own eye pressure – in the comfort of their own home. Researchers found that among 100 glaucoma patients, most were able to successfully use the handheld device, called Icare HOME. That suggests that at-home measurements would be reasonable for many, the study authors said. Glaucoma refers to a group of diseases where fluid builds up in the eye, creating pressure that damages the optic nerve. It's a leading cause of blindness in older adults, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Many people are familiar with the tests eye doctors use to detect and monitor glaucoma, including tonometry, which measures pressure within the eye. Doctors do it with ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

Generic Eye Drops for Seniors Could Save Millions of Dollars a Year

Posted 28 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 28, 2017 – Prescribing generic drugs for seniors' eye problems could save the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars a year, a new study suggests. Conditions like glaucoma and dry eye that require daily eye drops are common in old age. University of Michigan researchers report that eye doctors caring for seniors prescribe brand-name medications in more than three-quarters of cases, compared to one-third of cases among nearly all other specialties. "Lawmakers are currently looking for ways to reduce federal spending for health care, and policies that favor generics over brand medications or allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices may lead to cost savings," said study senior author Lindsey De Lott, of the university's Kellogg Eye Center. "Using a brand medication for a single patient may not seem like a big deal, but ultimately, these higher costs are paid by all of ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Eye Dryness/Redness, Cataract, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Lumigan, Latanoprost, Travatan, Xalatan, Combigan, Travatan Z, Alphagan, Systane, Refresh, Dry Eye Disease, Azopt, Cosopt, Brimonidine, Soothe, Dorzolamide

Health Tip: Applying Eye Drops

Posted 9 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Applying eye drops without the excess trickling down your face can be tricky. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology suggests: Wash your hands, then take the bottle of eye drops and slowly rotate it for 30 seconds. Lean your head back and gently pull down the lower eyelid. Use your index finger to pull down the lid, or use your thumb and index finger to gently pinch the lower lid. Taking care to avoid the dropper touching your eye, let one drop fall into the pocket formed in your lower eyelid. If you are supposed to use more than one drop, wait three to four minutes before applying the second one. Close your eyes for a minute, then put gentle pressure over the spot where your eyelid joins with your nose. Replace the cap on the bottle. Use a tissue to wipe away any extra medicine, and wash your hands again. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Eye Dryness/Redness, Cataract, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Dry Eye Disease, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis, Inclusion Conjunctivitis, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Ocular Fungal Infection, Neonatal Conjunctivitis, Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

For Seniors, Treatment for One Eye Disease May Cause Another

Posted 16 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – Drugs that preserve vision in people with the eye disease called age-related macular degeneration might increase the risk of another eye condition – glaucoma, a new study suggests. People who received at least seven eye injections of the drug bevacizumab (Avastin) each year to treat macular degeneration have a higher risk of eventually needing surgery to treat glaucoma, the Canadian study found. But, the researchers aren't suggesting that people forgo these treatments for macular degeneration. These drugs help stave off a previously untreatable cause of blindness in the elderly, and should continue to be used, the researchers said. And, if glaucoma does develop, treatments are available. "Even though there may be a risk here, this doesn't mean you should not be getting injections for macular degeneration," said study lead author Dr. Brennan Eadie. He's an ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Votrient, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Avastin, Sutent, Nexavar, Pazopanib, Stivarga, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Retinal Disorders, Sunitinib, Cyramza, Retinopathy, Sorafenib, Ramucirumab, Cabometyx, Bevacizumab, Iclusig

U.S. Glaucoma Cases Expected to Surge by 2030

Posted 6 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Glaucoma affects more than 3 million Americans, but that number is expected to surge to more than 4 million by 2030, eye experts say. Glaucoma is a group of incurable eye diseases that gradually lead to vision loss. There are two main types of glaucoma, but the most common form, which typically affects older people, causes an increase in pressure inside the eye that damages the optic nerve, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Glaucoma is the No. 1 cause of preventable blindness, but the condition often develops without warning, the foundation said. Medication or surgery can help slow or prevent vision loss, but many people with glaucoma aren't even aware they have it. In many cases, the condition isn't detected until people lose side – or peripheral – vision. Eventually, glaucoma may cause people to permanently lose up to 40 percent of their vision, ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Glaucoma, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

Contacts May One Day Be Used to Deliver Glaucoma Medication

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – A special type of contact lens has been designed to gradually deliver medication to the eye, researchers report. This kind of contact lens could help people who have a hard time using eye drops to treat conditions such as glaucoma, the study authors explained. The new study showed that the drug-dispensing lenses were able to effectively lower the eye pressure in monkeys with glaucoma at least as much as the standard eye drops used to treat the disease. "This promising delivery system removes the burden of administration from the patient and ensures consistent delivery of medication to the eye, eliminating the ongoing concern of patient compliance with dosing," study co-author Dr. Janet Serle said in a news release from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Serle is a glaucoma specialist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Glaucoma is ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

Routine Eye Exams See Vision Problems You Miss

Posted 14 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 – Routine eye checkups often pick up unnoticed problems, particularly in older adults, a new study says. "In asymptomatic patients, comprehensive routine optometric eye examinations detect a significant number of new eye conditions and/or results in management changes," said the study's author, Elizabeth Irving, and her colleagues from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. More than half of people with no new symptoms or vision problems receive new prescriptions or treatment changes as a result of routine eye exams, the researchers found. The need for vision prescription changes was found for two out of five people, the study noted. Meanwhile, 16 percent were diagnosed with a new eye condition and 31 percent had a change in their ongoing care, researchers found. The study included data on nearly 6,400 patients who visited a university eye clinic over ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Cataract, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Uveitis, Iritis, Optic Nerve Disorder, Corneal Ulcer, Keratitis, Diagnosis and Investigation, Ocular Herpes Simplex, Retinal Disorders, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Macular Edema, Corneal Abrasion, Strabismus, Chorioretinitis, Vitreomacular Adhesion, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle)

Could 'Zaps' to the Brain Help Fight Glaucoma?

Posted 3 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 1, 2016 – Electrical pulses to the brain may help restore vision in some partially blind patients, German researchers report. Glaucoma and other types of damage to the eye's optic nerve typically cause permanent damage. But, the new technique appears to kick-start the brain's visual control centers, the researchers explained. A 10-day treatment regimen – entailing upwards of nearly an hour a day of electrical pulses aimed directly into the eye – improved vision among patients who were losing their sight, the researchers said. "By giving currents through the eye, we force retinal cells connected to the brain to fire intensely," explained study author Dr. Bernhard Sabel, a member of the medical faculty at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg. "This activates the brain's [vision] cells to function better again. And, 'what fires together, wires together.' " ... Read more

Related support groups: Glaucoma, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Diagnosis and Investigation, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

25 Million Americans Will Struggle With Vision Problems by 2050

Posted 19 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – As baby boomers age, the number of Americans with vision problems and blindness is expected to double over the next three decades, a new study suggests. In 2015, slightly more than 12 million Americans had a vision problem. But by 2050, that number will rise to 25 million, the researchers predicted. "This study gives us a GPS for our nation's future eye health," said lead researcher Dr. Rohit Varma, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. "Our group and others have shown in previous studies that those who suffer from vision loss not only have a decreased quality of life but can also experience both physical and mental health decline, including an increased risk for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, depression and even death," he said. The economic burden from vision loss and eye ... Read more

Related support groups: Glaucoma, Cataract, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Visual Defect/Disturbance, Glaucoma with Pupillary Block, Aphakia, Pseudophakia

Health Tip: Putting Medicine in Your Eyes

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- You may be wary about applying those new eyedrops prescribed by your doctor. The Cleveland Clinic recommends: Use warm water and soap to wash your hands, then dry with a clean towel. Either grab a mirror or lie down before applying the medicine. Look up at the ceiling, then use one hand to pull down the lower eyelid. Hold the medicine in your other hand, resting on your forehead if needed. Without letting the tip of the bottle or tube touch the eye, gently place the medicine inside your lower eyelid. Then close your eye. If you are taking both an ointment and an eye drop, put the eye drop in first. Wait about five minutes before applying the ointment. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Eye Dryness/Redness, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Blepharitis, Eye Redness/Itching, Corneal Ulcer, Ocular Herpes Simplex, Keratitis, Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Conjunctivitis - Allergic, Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis, Corneal Abrasion, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Herpes Simplex Dendritic Keratitis, Glaucoma with Pupillary Block, Keratoconjunctivitis

Green, Leafy Vegetables Each Day May Help Keep Glaucoma at Bay

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Eating green leafy vegetables daily may decrease the risk of glaucoma – a serious eye disease – by 20 percent or more over many years, a new study suggests. "We found those consuming the most green leafy vegetables had a 20 to 30 percent lower risk of glaucoma," said study leader Jae Kang. Kang is an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Glaucoma is an eye condition that usually develops when fluid increases in the front part of the eye and causes pressure, damaging the optic nerve. It can lead to loss of vision, according to the U.S. National Eye Institute. Although the study found an association between eating more leafy greens and a lower risk of glaucoma, it didn't prove cause-and-effect. Kang's team followed nearly 64,000 participants in the Nurses' Health Study from 1984 through 2012, and ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Glaucoma, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

Scientists Spot Three More Genes Linked to Glaucoma Risk

Posted 11 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 – The discovery of three more genes linked to the most common type of glaucoma could boost efforts to fight the eye disease, researchers report. The three newly identified genes associated with primary open angle glaucoma bring the total number of such genes to 15, according to the study published online Jan. 11 in Nature Genetics. "Just in time for Glaucoma Awareness Month (January), this unprecedented analysis provides the most comprehensive genetic profile of glaucoma to date," Dr. Paul Sieving, director of the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI), said in an institute news release. "These findings open avenues for the pursuit of new strategies to screen for, prevent and treat glaucoma," he added. Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss, and it affects 60 million people worldwide and about 2.7 million Americans. The disease causes vision loss ... Read more

Related support groups: Glaucoma, Glaucoma (Open Angle), Glaucoma/Intraocular Hypertension, Glaucoma (Narrow Angle), Glaucoma with Pupillary Block

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