Researchers May Have Identified Early Indicator for Glaucoma

Changes in the blood vessels in the retinas may be a warning that a person is at an increased risk for glaucoma, according to the results of a recent study.

Glaucoma is a series of conditions that contribute to optic nerve damage and lead to vision loss. The findings of a recent study, which were published in the online edition of Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, indicate that an abnormal narrowing of retinal arteries is likely a sign that a person faces a heightened risk for developing glaucoma.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma, and it is one of the leading causes of vision loss. Individuals with open-angle glaucoma rarely exhibit any obvious symptoms until the onset of vision loss, which makes the results of this new study especially exciting.

If additional research confirms narrowed retinal blood vessels as a predictor for glaucoma, eye doctors would have a new diagnostic tool for identifying those at risk for glaucoma and beginning early glaucoma treatment. Although there is currently no cure for glaucoma, there are treatments that can slow its progress and help preserve your vision.

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