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Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Sun Yat-sen University in China have discovered that  acute glaucoma (the second leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world) in mice is largely an inflammatory disease and that high pressure in the eye causes vision loss by setting in motion an inflammatory response similar to that evoked by bacterial infections, according an article on ScienceDaily.com.

The study, which was published in a July issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could impact tens of millions of people globally who suffer from acute closed-angle glaucoma. This is great news for those of us in the eye care profession. Being able to identify and treat conditions before they escalate is always our goal and any research that moves us closer to that goal is exciting. Read the entire story.