Melatonin May Play a Role in the Treatment of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States. It is often, but not always, associated with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye, known as intraocular pressure. One person may develop nerve damage at a relatively low pressure, while another person may have high eye pressure for years and yet never develop nerve damage. (more…)

Free radicals implicated in common eye disease

The American Journal of Pathology‘s November, 2010 issue reports the outcome of research conducted by Ula V. Jurkunas, MD and her colleagues at the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston which implicates free radical damage in the development of Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD), a potentially blinding disease characterized by the programmed cell death of epithelial cells in the eye’s cornea (the clear tissue in the front of the eye) which is the most common reason for corneal transplant surgery. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage a variety of tissues, resulting in many of the diseases and conditions associated with aging. While some free radical damage is inevitable, increasing the body’s levels of antioxidants, which bind with and neutralize free radicals, can help moderate this damage. (more…)