University of Nebraska Research Traces Glaucoma to Earliest Days of Development

Source: Live Well Nebraska

Glaucoma is known as a disease of aging, the kind that creeps up on people and slowly robs them of vision. ?But a researcher at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has traced the roots of a common form of the eye disease to a much earlier time, literally the earliest days of human growth and development, according to a report from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The discovery, published recently in the journal Stem Cells, may offer opportunities for earlier diagnosis of the disease as well as new treatment options. Iqbal Ahmad, a professor in the ophthalmology and visual sciences department at UNMC, said there are several forms of glaucoma, which ranks as the second-leading cause of blindness and affects approximately 3 million people in the United States and some 60 million worldwide.

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