What research is being done?
Scientists in the United States are conducting research to learn what causes glaucoma and to improve its diagnosis and treatment. For example, researchers have discovered genes that could help explain how glaucoma damages the eye.
NEI is funding a number of studies to find out what causes fluid pressure to increase in the eye. By learning more about this process, doctors may be able to find the exact cause of the disease and learn better how to prevent and treat it. NEI supports studies to learn more about who is likely to get glaucoma, when to treat people with increased pressure, and which treatment to use first. NEI also supports clinical trials of new drugs and surgical techniques that show promise against glaucoma.
To learn more about glaucoma write:
National Eye Health Education Program
2020 Vision Place
Bethesda, MD 20892-3655
Studies have shown that the early detection and treatment of glaucoma is the best way to control the disease.