New Research On Glaucoma And The Prognosis Of The Condition

New research on glaucoma and associated treatments are always in the works. In recent years, scientists and medical experts have worked on developing new procedures for preventing loss of vision and stopping the progression of glaucoma in its early stages.

Catalyst for a Cure: Developing New Research

Catalyst for a Cure (CFC) is a research collaborative started in 2002 with the purpose of revolutionizing glaucoma research. In its early years, CFC’s research initiatives uncovered promising technologies for preventing loss of vision in the later stages of glaucoma, and in establishing therapeutic treatments to stop glaucoma development before it starts.
In 2010, CFC proved that the retinal ganglion cell, the primary cell affected by glaucoma, doesn’t die in the early stages of the disease as was previously thought. This was an important discovery because the CFC was able to show that changes in this cell followed a similar pattern of other neurodegenerative diseases. This means that treatments can be targeted at slowing the deterioration of the retinal ganglion cell.
CFC is hoping it can eventually create the technology to suspend the loss of vision due to glaucoma for the duration of a patient’s natural life. While this will not cure glaucoma, it can render the disease powerless in many individuals.

Canaloplasty: A Revolutionary New Surgical Procedure in the Works

Canaloplasty is a new procedure that uses microcatheter technology to enlarge the eye’s drainage system.
During canaloplasty, your doctor makes a small incision in the eye and inserts an advanced canaloplasty microcatheter directly into the eye’s drainage system canal. Your doctor will circle the canal with the microcatheter in order to enlarge it and allow the aqueous fluid to drain better. Your doctor then removes the microcatheter and applies a suture to keep the canal opened, with the intent of decreasing intraocular pressure (IOP).
The procedure is one of the latest developments in glaucoma surgery, and is less invasive than some other surgical procedures.

Looking Forward: The Prognosis of Glaucoma

While glaucoma is still an incurable disease, new strides in technology continue to decrease the affects of this disease on the lives of many individuals. Many people currently living with glaucoma may be able to retain their vision for years longer than expected. Long-term effects of glaucoma, such as blindness, will hopefully become obsolete.