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Page 10, The Tuskegee News, July 4, 1996 Detection and treatment best control for alaucona- Special to the Tuskegee News Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slow- ly rises, leading to vision loss - or even blindness. Open- angle glaucoma is the most common form of the disease. At the front of the eye, there is a small space called the anterior chamber. Clear fluid flows in and out of the cham- ber to bathe and nourish nearby tissues. In glaucoma, for still unknown reasons, the fluid drains too slowly out of the eye. As the fluid builds up, the pressure inside the eye rises. Unless this pressure is con- trolled, it may cause damage to the optic nerve and other parts of the eye and loss of vision. Nearly 3 million people have glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the United States. Although any- one can get glaucoma, some people are at higher risk. They include: . Blacks over the age of 40. Anyone over the age of 60. People with a family histo- ry of glaucoma. Among blacks, studies show that glaucoma is: Five times more likely to occur in lacks than whites. About four times more likely to cause blindness in blacks than in whites. Five times more likely to cause blindness in blacks between the ages of 45-64 than in whites of the same age group. At first, there are no symp- toms. Vision stays normal, and there is no pain. However, as the disease pro- gresses, a person with glauco- ma may notice his or her side Anterior Chamber Pup, l Fluid :S Fluid here forms I~ere vision gradually failing. That is, objects in front may still be seen clearly, but objects to the side may be missed. As the disease worsens, the field of vision narrows and blindness results. Many people may know of the "air puff' test or other tests to measure eye pressure in an eye examination. But, this test also detects glauco- ma. Glaucoma is found often during an eye examination through dilated pupils. This FOR means drop are put into the eyes during the exam of the pupils. This allows the eye care professional to see more of the inside of the eye for signs of glaucoma. Although open-angle glau- coma cannot be cured, it can usually be controlled. The most common treatments are medications. These may be either in the form of eyedrops or pills. Some drugs are designed pressure by slowing the flow of fluid into the eye. NEXT ,-o0:I MARCUS CABLE Has "MVP" Introducing A Great Value! Maximum Value Package: Here's |Vhat You Get |Vith IVP! Broadcast Basic Cable - Channels 2 - 13 Satellite Showcase - Channels 14 - 41 Your Choice of 3 Premium Channels (HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, or Disney)... PLUS FREE HBO 2 & HBO 3 Over 450 Premium Channel Titles Monthly! Movies, Sports, Comedy, & Family Specials! Full Compatibility With Your Cable Ready TV or VCR! 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Surgery can also help fluid escape from the eye and thereby reduce the pressure. A large amount of research is being done in the U.S. to learn what causes glaucoma and to improve its diagnosis and treatment. Learning more about this doctors may be able to learn the exact cause of the disease and learn better how to prevent and treat it. The NEI also sup- ports clinical trials of new drugs and techniques that show promise. Studies have shown that early detection and treatment of glaucoma, before it causes major vision loss, is the best way to control the disease. So, if you fall into one of the high- risk groups for the disease SAINT JAME verytk//ty g #ckoal #ko/cld &l v Few decisions are more important than the selection of a school for your child. At Saint James, we recognize students as individuals and encourage them to develop personally, creatively and academically. We believe you will find much to admire at Saint James. Limited openings rema~ for the academic year 1996.97 in kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information, contact Aimee Steineker, 334-264-2416. Campus tours by appointment. Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy: Saint lames School admits students of any race, color, creed or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school- administered programs make sure to have yo~ml, examined through pupils every two year~ I eye care professional. If you need further il tion on glaucoma or', like to be examined fo~ may contact your optometrists Dr. Bell McKinney at 72~ Ophthalmology consl with Dr. Paul may made available at thei nd P1 S11S! 'h',o, Stat~ 1-10x13 ~p ~r. 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