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.