Gene linked to development of glaucoma

An international study led by King’s College London has identified genetic links to glaucoma, an eye condition that can lead to blindness and visual impairment.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world and results from damage to the optic nerve, usually due to pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure) being too high, as the eye fluid does not drain properly. Continue reading

Advance of macular degeneration can be predicted by retinal-scan analysis

Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have found a new way to forecast which patients with age-related macular degeneration are likely to suffer from the most debilitating form of the disease.

The new method predicts, on a personalized basis, which patients’ AMD would, if untreated, probably make them blind, and roughly when this would occur. Simply by crunching imaging data that is already commonly collected in eye doctors’ offices, ophthalmologists could make smarter decisions about when to schedule an individual patient’s next office visit in order to optimize the chances of detecting AMD progression before it causes blindness. Continue reading