Glaucoma Is About More Than Elevated Eye Pressure

GlaucomaThe role of intraocular pressure (a.k.a. IOP or eye pressure) and glaucoma is still a point of discussion.

At a meeting of the World Glaucoma Association, speaker Felipe Medeiros, MD described a common myth: “21 mm Hg threshold, above which IOP is supposed to be abnormal and below which is thought to be normal.”

In fact, according to this story’s source, the OSN Supersite, only 9.5% of patients with what is considered a high IOP are ever diagnosed with glaucoma.

Dr. Medeiros told the audience that corneal thickness is actually a major predictor of one’s likeliness of developing glaucoma.  Those with thinner corneas run a higher chance of developing the condition.

At Natural Eye Care, we tell our clients and patients about a host of other factors that may influence one’s likelihood of developing glaucoma including genetics, diet, and stress levels.

Socioeconomic Status & Glaucoma

A British study finds a correlation between “social deprivation” and the development of glaucoma.

The researchers specifically looked at acute primary angle closure and used Index of Multiple Deprivation and Townsend scores to determine a relationship between glaucoma patients conditions and socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.