Elevated eye pressure, the primary known risk factor for glaucoma nerve damage, is caused by a buildup of fluid known as aqueous humor. In a healthy eye, this fluid provides nourishment to cells before flowing out into the bloodstream through a drainage system made up of the primary outflow pathway, the trabecular meshwork, and the smaller uveoscleral pathway. When the
Free Glaucoma Lecture in NYC on Sept 21, 2019
The Glaucoma Support and Education Group is having a free lecture on Saturday, September 21, 2019 titled "Glaucoma: An Integrative Approach to Preserving Your Vision" at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, 310 East 14th Street, 3rd Floor conference room. There will also be a patient support session before the lecture.
Fall Grant Deadline Approaching
The Glaucoma Foundation offers grants to researchers striving to improve the lives of glaucoma patients through novel innovations and scientific advances. The area of current focus for TGF’s Grant Research program is exfoliation syndrome and exfoliation glaucoma. The next deadline for grant applications is September 6, 2019. Initial grant funding for a one-year period is for up to $60,000; a grantee
A New Combination Glaucoma Medication
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved Rocklatan™ (netarsudil and latanoprost ophthalmic solution), 0.02%/0.005% for the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Reduction of IOP is currently the only modifiable risk factor to prevent or slow damage to the optic nerve in glaucoma. Rhopressa®, approved last year as a new
Planning a Summer Trip? Here are 10 Eyecare Tips for Smooth Travels
Start your trip with new refills of your glaucoma medications. Pack a sufficient supply of each medication, and talk to your doctor in advance about extra prescriptions, just to be safe. Make a list of all medications you normally use, noting each prescription dosage, the medication’s trade name as well as the generic name for the drug. Generic names are
Light Sensitivity and Glare
Light sensitivity and glare are common problems for people with glaucoma. Patients who experience light sensitivity typically feel discomfort from sunlight, incandescent light and/or fluorescent lights. Halogen lights, like those used in car headlights and fluourescent lighting or fixtures can cause an uncomfortable glare for those with glaucoma. Here are some tips for driving and working at your computer –
New President/CEO at The Glaucoma Foundation
The Board of Directors of The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elena Sturman as President and Chief Executive Officer, following the retirement of Scott R. Christensen who held the position since 2002. She will begin her tenure on May 15. Ms. Sturman was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Phoenix House,
Looking for a Good Eye Care Professional?
The Glaucoma Foundation frequently gets calls and emails from individuals seeking the names of qualified eye doctors. Some come from individuals new to their community. Others from those who would like to get a second opinion – an accepted, standard practice – relating to a diagnosis or prescribed treatment. While TGF does not provide referrals or recommend specific eye care
SCREEN TIPS – Smartphones and Your Eyesight.
Many of us spend too much time looking at the tiny screen of our smartphones or our tablet, laptop and desktop computer screens. In fact, a recent study found that 30 percent of adults are spending more than nine hours a day using a digital device. Although there's little known risk for permanent vision damage, they can cause a lot
Healthy Resolutions for Your Eyes in the New Year
Make 2019 the year you make good on your New Year's resolutions. Since January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, here are five that focus on eye health. 1. Start the year by scheduling an eye exam. Patients in the early stages of glaucoma usually have no symptoms, no noticeable vision loss and no pain, which is why glaucoma is called the