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GDF15: a new biomarker yields early detection of neurodegeneration in glaucoma

Is it possible to detect glaucoma even earlier? The answer is yes - by identifying molecular markers that predict or measure neurodegeneration in glaucoma.


 

Glaucoma Drainage Devices

 Glaucoma Drainage Devices are mostly used in more complicated glaucomas, or in eyes where there is a high likelihood of failure of standard glaucoma operations.  


 

Men Neglecting Eye Health

Men are neglecting the health of their eyes to the detriment of their overall wellbeing. Having regular eye examinations with an optometrist is critical to having good vision for life.


 

MIGS Malaise – Giving hope to those who need glaucoma MIGS treatment options

If you are missing out on MIGS as a glaucoma treatment option, express your concern to the Federal Health Minister.


 

Recent Interim MBS Listing Raises MIGS Funding Concern

The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, has listed the interim Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) item number 42705, allowing minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) devices to continue to be used at the time of cataract surgery, at least until the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) review is completed.


 

Early Detection of Glaucoma? Live Imaging of Ganglion Cells in the Retina

Live imaging of ganglion cells using adaptive optics.

A ganglion cell in the eye is a neuron (nerve) cell located near the inner surface of the retina. It receives visual information and passes this on to the brain to enable people to see.


 

MIGS to Continue as a Reimbursed Glaucoma Treatment Option

The Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, has agreed to list an interim MBS item for the insertion of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) devices.


 

Glaucoma in Animals

How do our domestic animals cope with glaucoma?


 

Television Stations to Introduce Audio Description Services?

A new way to enhance the understanding of what is happening on screen


 

Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Up to one third of people with low vision may experience visual hallucinations


 

Swimming Goggles

The risk of intraocular pressure elevation caused by wearing swimming goggles. Check out the research and the most up-to-date recommendations to minimise the risk of glaucoma worsening by using swimming goggles.


 

Cataracts in Patients with Glaucoma

Now I have cataracts!

What impact does development of cataracts have on someone already living with glaucoma?


 

Is Trabeculectomy Still the First Choice Surgical Procedure?

The decades-old procedure remains the gold standard of treatment for many glaucoma patients.


 

Family History and Glaucoma

What we know about glaucoma running in families. Much work has been undertaken to unravel which specific genes are involved in the various types of glaucoma and the importance of family history.


 

Glaucoma Research Update - The Year in Review (2014)

Glaucoma continues to be one of the least well understood eye diseases of all – partly due to the fact that it is an umbrella term for a variety of diseases with a common endpoint and partially due to the complexity of these disease processes. However 2014 was a good year with a number of research breakthroughs – some locally based – that helped provide insights into glaucoma as a disease and as potential avenues for therapy.


 

Improving Quality of Life for Patients

How researchers are looking to improve the day-to-day experience of people with glaucoma. Having glaucoma can impact a person’s quality of life, making them less likely to lead a happy and fulfilling life, even in the early stages of the disease.


 

Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery

Lighter surgery options which look to control eye pressure with fewer side effects than traditional surgery


 

Identifying Genetic Causes of Primary Congenital Glaucoma in Australia

New gene discoveries indicate that primary congenital glaucoma may be inherited in a dominant pattern, as well as recessive


 

Driving in Australia – Glaucoma Considerations

Make sure you are informed about the driving rules and regulations in your state. Some health conditions, including glaucoma, can affect our ability to drive safely and drivers are legally responsible in all States and Territories for reporting a medical condition that may impair/affect their ability to drive. There are State/Territory differences in when and what vision tests, medical assessments and road tests are employed to assess fitness to drive. 


 

Maintaining Safe Driving Habits

If you notice changes in the way you drive or have wondered  ”Am I a safe driver?”, the following may be useful to consider to protect you and others on the road.


 

Glaucoma Research Update: The Year in Review (2015)

2015 proved to be a busy year for glaucoma research, highlighted at both the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting and the World Glaucoma Congress. In addition, one of the main outcomes was the consensus to finalise the new Asia Pacific Glaucoma Guidelines (third edition) due for launch in mid-2016, which will guide glaucoma management across the region over the next few years.


 

TARRGET Study Report

The Targeting At Risk Relatives of Glaucoma patients for Early diagnosis and Treatment (TARRGET) study is a partnership project between Glaucoma Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Registry of Advanced Glaucoma (based at Flinders University, Adelaide).

TARRGET aims to investigate the feasibility of offering free glaucoma screening to immediate relatives of people who have been diagnosed with advanced glaucoma.


 

The TEK Gene: Responsible for Primary Congenital Glaucoma?

Researchers identify a new genetic cause for childhood glaucoma


 

It’s Okay to Ask Your Doctor: “Did You Wash Your Hands?”

The standards of care around handwashing for medical professionals. 

It is vital that health care providers wash their hands frequently because this can prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses that cause disease and even death in patients.


 

Methods to Improve Glaucoma Detection

Can we improve our detection of glaucoma in the early stages of development?


 

Update on Iridotomy

An Iridotomy is a surgical procedure used to treat angle-closure glaucoma. Does altering iridotomy placement reduce side effects?


 

National Eye Health Survey

Determining the nationwide prevalence and causes of vision impairment in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians has the potential to contribute significantly to Australian eye health knowledge.


 

Oculo

A new communication service connecting optometrists, ophthalmologists, and GPs


 

OrCam Assistive Technology Device

Delivers Independence to People who are Blind and Vision Impaired


 

The TARRGET Project – January 2017 Update

The TARRGET project (Targeting At Risk Relatives of Glaucoma patients for Early diagnosis and Treatment) is nearing completion of the pilot study phase.


 

Collaborative Care of Glaucoma Patients Between Ophthalmologists and Optometrists

Optometrists and ophthalmologists are working more closely together to ensure timely delivery of eye healthcare


 

Yoga Positions and Glaucoma

Some yoga positions may impact eye pressure in people with glaucoma


 

Advances in the Medical Treatment of Glaucoma

An overview of the types of eyedrops used to halt the progression of glaucoma.


 

Corneal Thickness

How does corneal thickness influence risk of developing glaucoma?


 

Glaucoma Treatment in Pregnancy

You may need to stop or adjust medications for glaucoma when you are pregnant


 

Living With Glaucoma

Common questions for those living with glaucoma.


 

Scar Wars - Improving Glaucoma Surgery

Follow-up after surgery can improve the ultimate outcome


 

Thyroid Disease and Glaucoma

Thyroid under or over activity can be associated with problems in and around the eyes, including being a cause of secondary glaucoma.


 

Visual Field Tests

How to make the best of this crucial test.


 

When Raised Pressure is Not Glaucoma

Why do some people have raised eye pressure yet not develop glaucoma?


 

The Many Facets of Glaucoma

Significant advances in glaucoma detection and management during 2016 included new dietary advice, the use of Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCT-A) for glaucoma diagnosis, an explosion of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) technology, as well as novel and exciting methods of detecting glaucomatous
visual dysfunction.

Vegetables

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This article was adapted and reprinted with permission from Mivision ophthalmic journal, Mar’16, Issue 121


 

Researchers Make Retinal Ganglion Cells from Stem Cells

Researchers at the Indiana University and Purdue University Indianapolis have taken stem cells from two different groups: patients who have an inherited form of glaucoma and subjects without glaucoma. The skin cells were then genetically reprogrammed into pluripotent stem cell (master cells), which can then become almost any type of call.

Stem Cells

This method is reported in the journal Stem Cell and may help improve glaucoma treatments, lead to medication being personalised, and help to study the underlying mechanism of glaucoma.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/stem.2356/full

Oct 2016


 

New Tactile Five Dollar Note Released

The Reserve Bank of Australia has released the next generation $5 banknote, which features a ‘tactile’ bump that can be used by those vision impaired to confirm what note they have. The rest of the banknotes are planned to have a tactile feature in time. The new tactile $10 note is planned to be released in September 2017.

New bank Note

http://banknotes.rba.gov.au/australias-banknotes/next-generation-banknotes-program/tactile-feature/

Oct 2016


 

Making Australians More Aware of Their Eye Health

A national consumer eye health awareness campaign aimed at making Australians more aware of their eye health has been launched by Optometry Australia. The Good vision for life campaign will highlight the need for regular eye examinations throughout life and will promote the role of optometrists in preventative eye health care. The campaign is focusing on the six million Australians aged 40-59 years, particularly on women in that age group.

http://www.goodvisionforlife.com.au

Oct 2016


 

Bright Light and Caffeine Improve Driver Alertness

According to a Queensland University of Technology study caffeine and blue-green light have significant effects on improving the driving performance of chronically sleep-deprived young people. A media release from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety states that the study tested the use of bright light using commercially available light glasses that emit a shortwave blue-green light and using caffeinated chewing gum.

blue-green light

Drivers given caffeine alone or with the light glasses had decreased side to side movement of the steering wheel and vehicle, indicating better control and higher alertness when using a driving simulator.
https://www.qut.edu.au/news/news?news-id=103035

Oct 2016


 

Online Eye Examinations

Opternative is an online - do it at home - refractive exam using a smart phone or computer. It operates in 31 US States and the company are intending to expand into Australia at some stage. They claim that it is “as accurate as an in-person refractive eye exam” and quote this clinical study:https://www.opternative.com/clinical-study Opternative limits its App to users who are 18 to 40 years old. The free test yields the results and tells you to contact a local eye care professional. The venture-funding will be used to invest in R & D to develop the app for the over 40s and an ageing population. See for yourself at https://www.opternative.com

June 2016


 

There is a New Technique That Can See Individual Retinal Ganglion Cells on the Human Retina

University of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Ethan Rossi, and colleagues led by University of Rochester Dean for Research in Arts, Sciences and Engineering Professor David Williams published their study: http://www.pnas.org/content/114/3/586.abstract

This technique may help to assess the thickness of retinal nerve fibres better and in doing so prevent vision loss by detecting glaucoma and starting treatment earlier. The death of retinal ganglion cells is what causes vision loss in glaucoma.

Retinal ganglion cells

Retinal ganglion cells in a macaque, scale bar 25 microns.
Image taken by Ethan Rossi with assistance of the University of Rochester team.

Jan 2017