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Posted By: Kenneth Amos Gitau
Total Posts: 24
Joined Date: 30 Sep 2017
Wow Stephen! Spectacular feedback. It seems you are well aware about this issue. Surely, the IGA is involved in this.
Posted : 5 Oct 2017
Posted By: Stephen
Total Posts: 125
Joined Date: 11 May 2012
Hi Kenneth, I dream of the day they can repair the optic nerve, I was diagnosed with glaucoma 5 years ago aged 35, 5 years later I have exhausted all drops and had grab surgery plus 2 needlings to try and control pressure, as pressure has keeps rising as various drops and surgerys I am told that 90% of my optic nerves are now dead, have a few blind spots now that lately I am starting to notice, especially in my left eye. I check the internet once a week to see if there is any new breakthrough in optic nerve repair, it seems getting the optic nerve to regenerate is almost possible, what seems to be the hardest part is getting new axons from the nerve fibre to grow towards the brain and connect at the right places, I would imagine it's like a plants roots and you want them to grow in a certain direction, how do you tell the roots which way to grow and where to join up. From what I have found on the internet this is how things have progressed to date as follows............Vision loss caused by glaucoma is a direct result of damage to the optic nerve. As we’ve said, there has never been (and still isn’t) a way to repair the optic nerve once damage is done. The best course of action for glaucoma has always been early detection and treatment to prevent further damage. However, since glaucoma has virtually no signs or symptoms, too often glaucoma is not discovered until damage has already occurred. Even though once detected, most cases of glaucoma are controlled with medication or surgery, it remains the second leading cause of blindness in America. An estimated 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and of those, only half know they have it. This means that 1.5 million people may experience irreversible loss of vision because their glaucoma will go untreated, making the ability to repair the nerve vitally important. What Comes Next? While we are yet years from practical application of these findings, this research provides great hope for the future. Hope exists not only for glaucoma patients but also for other neurological diseases. Next steps involve further refining the process. We must know exactly which molecules are causing the growth to occur as well as which ones interfere. Once researchers refine what is needed to help the axon grow, they need to determine if those axons can navigate properly and get where they need to go. Scientists have only just begun to look into this area. This research also has not yet been conducted on the human eye. Dr. Benowitz states, "We need to find out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys and then figure out how to tip the balance to stimulate nerve cell growth." He goes on, "The question is not, can the nerve cell regenerate its axon, because clearly it can. We just need to identify the right stimuli that will get the neuron thinking it’s back in its youth and start growing again." We look forward to a future fountain of youth (so to speak) for optic nerve cell axons.
Posted : 3 Oct 2017
Posted By: Kenneth Amos Gitau
Total Posts: 24
Joined Date: 30 Sep 2017
Hi guys, I hope everyone here affected directly or indirectly by glaucoma is doing well. Is anyone abreast with the current research for a cure for glaucoma? I know there is the issue of stem cell research and how that can regenerate lost sight. Maybe there could be in the future eye drops that could heal the optic nerve. Lets share. Nice week ahead!
Posted : 1 Oct 2017

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