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Intraocular pressure, tonography and family history

Submitted by Agnes on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 10:12pm

The intraocular pressure is still a very important, of not the most important factor in glaucoma. This is because it is the only factor for which proof has been accumulated that it has a direct relationship with glaucomatous damage. In NPG the influence of the intraocular pressure alone is doubtful, but as an accessory risk factor deteriming the perfusion pressure it may very probably have some importance. The man intraocular pressure in a normal population varies between 15.1 mmHg and 16.5 mmHg (occasionallly 17.2 mmHg. The standard deviation varies from 2.5 mmHg to 3.8 mmHg...

Optic Nerve and Stem Cell Research

Submitted by Agnes on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 6:18pm


Researchers at The Schepens Eye Research Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, have reported success transplanting stem cells into the diseased eye. More importantly, a percentage of these cells have actually taken on some of the characteristics of retinal cells and extended into the optic nerve.

Although in its infancy, stem cell research has tremendous potential for helping millions of people whose vision has been impaired by injuries and diseases including glaucoma.

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Vitamin help for glaucoma and elevated eye pressure

Submitted by Agnes on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 5:19pm

Glaucoma is an eyesight ailment characterized by an increase of pressure of the fluid within the eyeball.  This increased pressure causes abnormal changes in the optic nerve and defects in the field of vision.

Triphala eye wash

Submitted by Agnes on Fri, 09/25/2009 - 9:18pm

I read David's triphala recipe for eye wash (see How to do the triphala eye wash). One thing I would like to add... I am not sure if it was mentioned in the recipe, always use distilled water. 

And by the way if you suffer from Intestinal Bowel Syndrome with bouts of diarrhea and constipation and irregularities... I have news for you.... 2 weeks ago I started taking one spoon of triphala powder mixed in water on an empty stomach after waking up... as an experiement. 

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Submitted by Agnes on Fri, 09/11/2009 - 8:31pm
I was reading the chat highlights from the "Stress and Glaucoma" Chat with Dr. Elliot Werner. I think some arguments are contradicting what we have been talking about all along.  It just confirms how narrow minded some glaucoma specialists can be. See chat highlights below.

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Selenium influences risk of primary open-angle glaucoma

Submitted by Agnes on Fri, 09/11/2009 - 3:55pm

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Plasma and aqueous humor levels of selenium influence the risk of developing primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), according to research from the University of Arizona.

Although selenium is essential for human health, large amounts have toxic effects, the authors explain.

Dr. R. J. Noecker, now at the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues from the University of Arizona in Tucson compared selenium levels in plasma and aqueous humor in 47 patients with POAG and 54 controls. Their results appear in the September British Journal of Ophthalmology.

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Glaucoma? That's no excuse to skip your workout

Submitted by Agnes on Fri, 09/11/2009 - 3:48pm

By Michelle Rizzo Michelle Rizzo – Mon Sep 7, 2:18 pm ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People who suffer from vision-impairing glaucoma can exercise without fear of making the condition worse, according to a new study.

Glaucoma arises from abnormally high fluid pressure within the eyes, a situation that can damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss. It's possible that by increasing pressure in the eyes, regular aerobic exercise could contribute to the progression of glaucoma.

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Submitted by Agnes on Tue, 09/08/2009 - 11:47pm

Mechanism of action of COMBIGAN
The combination of brimonidine and timolol in an ophthalmic solution reduces intraocular pressure (IOP) by reducing aqueous humour production and increasing uveoscleral outflow.
This product contains a combination of brimonidine tartrate and timolol maleate. Each of these components is used to decrease elevated intraocular pressure.

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the right way to measure IOP with Reichert 7

Submitted by Agnes on Sun, 09/06/2009 - 1:32am

The Reichert 7 is really easy to use I must say but one still must be careful for proper alignment .  I found out how important it is to hold the chin close to the unit.  Away from the unit, you get a totally different reading.   I have to say though that  this is one of the smartest investments I ever made.  I even invited the girl dowstairs to come up for a reading.  She has a history of glaucoma in her family.  The last time she had her reading taken was a few months ago and it was around 19.  According to her she has some loss of vision but her doctor told her that it was not necessary

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effect of wine on IOP

Submitted by Agnes on Sun, 09/06/2009 - 1:22am

I have to say that the two times I have been drinking wine this week my eye pressure was down by 3-4 points  So I think Dr. Abel may be right when he writes in his book that one glass of wine a day is beneficial for glaucoma.  But I'll be doing more research in the future and let you know  the results.  By the way, the pressure was taken few hours after taking the glass of wine.

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I saw this article about simple breathing exercises

Submitted by Agnes on Sat, 09/05/2009 - 12:49pm

[EDITED] Since I cannot afford to take serene impulse training I am looking on the internet for anything that can give me more information and I saw the article below written by Kelly Black.  One question I have though is I thought that holding your breath was a no no for glaucoma.... David can you clear that up for me?

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