New eye layer has possible link to glaucoma

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Last year, researchers at The University of Nottingham discovered a new layer in the human cornea. The latest research from the team shows this new layer, called Dua's Layer, makes an important contribution to the sieve-like meshwork in the periphery of the cornea. Defective drainage in this area is an important cause of glaucoma; a condition that affects 1% to 2% of the world's population.

Professor Dua said: "Many surgeons who perform lamellar corneal transplant recognise this layer as an important part of the surgical anatomy of the cornea. This new finding resulting from a study of the microanatomy of the periphery of the layer could have significance beyond corneal surgery."

Aks the ophthalmologists (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2014-02-17 23:05 (#1M)

Just ask how many ophthalmologists undergo a laser surgery. The most will thankfully decline because the risks are simply too great. You should not mess with your eyes easily.
There are, of course, people who have significantly bad visual acuity where it accounts as a valid diagnose. Still, if glasses can help without too much of a problem, then messing with the cornea in a non-reversible way may not be a good option anyway.
If you ask an ophthalmologist, please ensure that (s)he is not making a profit from such procedure, before asking for advice.
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