During routine eye checks in my 40s, I became alerted to the fact that I had high eye pressure (with 10-20 mmHg considered a healthy reading, mine were consistently 28 mmHg in the left eye and 29 mmHg in the right).
Laser surgery - though not necessarily on the cornea - is used in the treatment of other eye conditions, including:
* Longsightedness (hyperopia):
Re ‘Glaucoma’ (WDDTY vol 15 no 12), the preservative in many eyedrops is benzalkonium, which contains a benzene-related chemical that is well documented to cause bone-marrow damage. In a report published in Ophthalmology (2001; 8: 74-80), it states...
WDDTY vol 14 no 4 arrived a few days ago and, wonderful surprise, some great help about glaucoma drops! I have been taking for two years a prescription eyedrop called Lumigan (bimatoprost 0.03 per cent), and the pressure has stayed down
I have glaucoma and was prescribed Xalaton. I put up with bloating and other horrors until my kidneys nearly blew up. I stopped the drops and follow a programme of multivitamin supplements,
About six months ago, the pressures in my eyes were 22 mmHg (left) and 21 mmHg (right). The optician told me I should have my pressure tested every six months, as I was in danger of developing glaucoma.
My eyes have been diagnosed with narrow-angle, low-pressure chronic glaucoma. Initially, I was prescribed Xalatan (latanoprost) eyedrops once a day.
Although hailed as a means of delaying the onset of glaucoma, latanoprost (Xalatan) has been shown to cause changes to pigmented tissue. Its continual use may gradually change the colour
Eyedrops are often considered a benign treatment, and their side-effects on the rest of the body are vastly underappreciated.
Of all the illnesses of the aging eye - including glaucoma and cataracts - Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the only one that is sharply on the rise. But what medicine has seldom explored is the role of diet in the development of this...