With glaucoma being the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States, affecting three million Americans, and being the second leading cause of blindness in the world, it is imperative that research continues to try to find answers to this debilitating eye disease.
According to a new study, researchers found that when vitamin B3, a natural option, was added to the drinking water of mice that were genetically predisposed to glaucoma, they did not develop that condition because of the boost given to the metabolic reliability of eye cells that are aging and keep them healthier for a longer time.
Glaucoma is a common eye condition, and, once vision is lost, it cannot be recovered. The condition causes damage to the optic nerve of the eye, getting worse as time passes. It is linked to a pressure buildup inside the eye. The increased pressure can do damage to the the optic nerve that transmits images to the brain.
Glaucoma can be treated with medication, eye drops, or surgery to slow the progress. However, the Mayo Clinic reported that even with treatment, approximately 15 percent of individuals that have glaucoma will become blind in at least one eye within 20 years of appearance of the first symptoms. Without proper treatment, total permanent blindness could occur within a few years.