New hope for glaucoma

Candis health editor, Karen Evennett shares the latest health update…

491891615A new discovery could change the future of glaucoma and its treatment. The condition causes pressure to build up from poor drainage of fluid from the anterior chamber of the eye, and the eye becomes like a bathtub that can’t drain because the pipe is clogged. The clogged vessel, known as Schlemm’s canal, is part of the lymphatic system that is essential for drainage in the eye – but until now the reason for it becoming defective was a mystery. Now scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have identified the molecular building blocks needed to make the ‘drainage’ vessels to repair the eye’s plumbing and restore normal drainage. Their goal is now to grow new ‘pipes’ or vessels to cure the glaucoma.


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