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Glasses for treating Glaucoma?

Glasses for treating Glaucoma?

Created on: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Author: Milwaukee Eye Care Associates

As always here at Milwaukee Eye Care Associates, we are hard at work keeping up with the latest technology in eye care. Today is no exception, and the hot topic is that a revolutionary way to treat glaucoma is in the works! Glaucoma is a condition which results in loss of optic nerve tissue over time, silently stealing peripheral vision until the central vision is finally lost.

Treatment of Glaucoma has primarily consisted of long term use of eye drops to lower the pressure inside the eye. In some cases, surgery is used to further lower eye pressure when drops aren't adequate. Glaucoma typically surfaces in the later years, and for many people, especially those who suffer from conditions such as Arthritis or Parkinson's disease, getting eye drops into the eyes can be very difficult. Bionode is a company developing special glasses to treat glaucoma, a noninvasive way to potentially free a patient from the daily constraint of eye drops and without the side effects. Imagine treating Glaucoma by simply wearing glasses! 

According to Dr. Ahmed, one of the researchers working with Bionode, the new glasses contain a metal coil that produces a magnetic field and generates a current. The current flows through the eye and electrically stimulates the area where the fluid leaves the eye. The treatment allows the natural drainage pathway to work more efficiently, decreasing pressure in the eye. No side effects have been noted so far. Research is preliminary at this point though, and more questions will need to be answered before this treatment becomes available to the public.

Eventually the hope is to have these glasses look like any other pair of vision correcting glasses. When I asked our very own glaucoma specialist, Dr. Nicholas Frame, he had this to say "Theoretically it could work like Latanoprost, which stimulates increased outflow chemically. It will be interesting to see what the studies show!"

When and If this becomes a viable option for the care and treatment of glaucoma, we can only imagine the number of people who  might benefit from such a device.

Written by Bart W., Technician with Milwaukee Eye Care Associates

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