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    No strategies exist to lower glaucoma risk; healthy habits offer starting point

    Although there are no proven strategies to prevent glaucoma, it is a subject worth discussing—particularly with the current renaissance that glaucoma is experiencing.

    Louis R. Pasquale, MD, FARVO, professor of ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, discussed environmental risk factors for glaucoma and pointed out there are no proven strategies to prevent the disease. He also offered some strategy suggestions.

    “If we had a proven strategy to prevent glaucoma, even it worked by 10%, it would be an incredible savings to society in terms of cost and reduced visual disabilities,” Dr. Pasquale said.

    Surprisingly, there are some randomized controlled trials that focus on glaucoma prevention, including studies of anthocyanins, antioxidants, and ginkgo biloba. A study of anthocyanins in particular showed a favorable effect, but Dr. Pasquale pointed out that all of these were small studies.

     

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