Glaucoma Research: A Neurodegenerative Disease of the Brain


Research has led to discovering there are connections identified between the retina and the brain and this has led to exciting advances in treatments. Researchers now view glaucoma as a neurodegenerative disease of the brain.

One therapy, called the “Vandendooren Protocol”, provides visual retraining based on the principles of Eccentric Viewing, the eye and the brain can be trained to “behave differently”. A person with low vision can learn to use other parts of the retina to see more clearly than they can using the damaged macula. The result is a dramatic increase in visual acuity, often as high as 60 to 70%.

In partnership with Low Vision Works®, Health Calls Home Health Agency’s Occupational Therapists provide a highly effective low vision rehabilitation process that restores vision and functionality to individuals suffering from low vision disabilities- such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and certain types of stroke-related vision disorders.

http://www.glaucoma.org/news/glaucoma-awareness-month.php

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