Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that can cause vision loss. While treatment can help, this condition can't be cured. Thankfully, there's a new examination technique that provides for the earliest glaucoma conditions…
Researchers from the University Collee London and Western Eye Hospital, who developed the test, are very encouraged by this new technique and believe it can help people prevent vision loss. Keep reading to learn all about this new test…
The researchers who developed the test, from the University Collee London and Western Eye Hospital are encouraged by this new technique, which they believe can help people prevent vision loss. Keep reading to learn all about this new test…
Researchers develop new test that detects early glaucoma – a group of eye conditions that can cause vision loss
Officials explained that the detection of apoptosing retinal ells (DARC) test uses a specially developed fluorescent marker that attaches to cells proteins and allows damaged retinal cells to appear as white fluorescent spots during eye examination.
So what exactly does early detection mean? According to the researchers who developed the test, it means doctors can begin with treatment before vision loss begins. They added that the test also has potential for early detection of a number of neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. They published these findings in the journal BRAIN
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Most glaucoma patients have loss a third of their vision by the time they are diagnosed…
“Although detection has been improving, most patients have lost a third of vision by the time they are diagnosed,” Francesca Cordeiro, research leader and professor at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, said. “Now, for the first time, we have been able to show individual cell death and detect the earliest signs of glaucoma. Our test means treatment can start before symptoms begin.”
To put their new examination technique to the test, the researchers carried out clinical trials on a small number of glaucoma patients and compared with tests on people with healthy vision to determine the test’s safety, officials said. They noted that the DARC uses equipment that’s already part of routine hospital eye examinations.
In the long run, the researchers hope that it will be possible for opticians to perform the tests, considering glaucoma impacts 60 million people around the world and results in vision loss for 10%.
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