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Availability of Glaucoma Treatment for Older Americans
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology: May 2007
- Glaucoma researcher Joshua D. Stein, M.D, of Duke University School of Medicine reported that almost one third of older Americans diagnosed with glaucoma do not receive treatment, predisposing them to serious progressive vision loss and ultimately blindness. This issue needs to become part of the agenda for health care policy agencies and insurance companies in order to reverse the trend of glaucoma continuing to be a leading cause of blindness in older populations.

Risk of Auto Accidents and Falling with Glaucoma
Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences: March 2007
- A study conducted at Dalhousie University found that patients with glaucoma were approximately six times more likely to have auto accidents than a control group-and they were likely to be at fault when involved in an accident. Further, they found that patients with glaucoma were three times more likely to experience a fall than a control group.

Glaucoma Risk from Weight Lifting
Archives of Ophthalmology: September 2006
- Brazilian researchers reported that certain weight lifting maneuvers such as bench presses can temporarily boost intraocular pressure (IOP) and increase the risks associated with glaucoma. Further patients diagnosed with “normal tension” should be questioned and warned about possible involvement with exercises that involve weight lifting.

Glaucoma and Cataracts with On Line Steroid Purchase
The Lancet: August 2006
-According to a report in the British medical journal The Lancet, a woman who illegally purchased oral steroids on-line now has serious vision problems as a side effect, including glaucoma and cataracts.

"The on-line availability of controlled and uncontrolled drug therapies needs to be carefully monitored," stated British ophthalmologists Philip Severn, M.D., and Scott Fraser, M.D. of Sunderland Eye Infirmary. In addition they warn of other risks with illegally purchasing drugs on-line, including risks that the substances are fake or could interact with other medications.

Glaucoma Screening and Diabetes
Ophthalmology: July 2006
-Louis Pasquale, M.D., Co-Director of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Glaucoma Service reiterated the need for careful evaluation of Type 2 diabetic patients for glaucoma. Even after excluding lifestyle factors such as alcohol use and exercise, researchers still found a significant relationship between presence of Type 2 diabetes and development of glaucoma. "While obesity fuels the Type 2 diabetes epidemic, it appears that factors unrelated to obesity contribute to the positive association between Type 2 diabetes and glaucoma," reported Dr. Pasquale. This further reinforces the need for all Type 2 diabetics to be screened for glaucoma on a regular basis.

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) as Primary Treatment for Glaucoma
Journal of the American College of Surgeons: January 2005
-Results of a large scale clinical study has identified that Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, a type of laser treatment for glaucoma, is becoming useful as a primary treatment for glaucoma instead of eye drops. Eye drops for glaucoma are quite effective, however due to high costs, side effects and a lack of patient compliance SLT may offer a good alternative for initial treatment.

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