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A GLIMMER OF HOPE

The key to preventing glaucoma from permanently robbing people of their sight is early detection and treatment. Otherwise, this progressive eye disease (often associated with elevated inner eye pressure) can damage the optic nerve that transmits images to the brain. However, new research may provide a glimmer of hope on glaucoma’s vision-robbing potential. It seems that a new computerized eye-training program may be used to conduct daily “vision workouts” that restore a significant degree of glaucoma patients’ sight by taking advantage of the brain's talent for learning new tricks. Although the training strengthens brain connections that survive the damage, it does not bring dead cells and nerve fibers damaged by glaucoma back to life. Regular eye exams are the best way to detect glaucoma. During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will check your eyes for common eye diseases, judge how your eyes work together, and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. As of yet, the eye-training program described above does not improve a glaucoma patient’s ability to see under normal day-to-day circumstances.