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Johns Hopkins Health - Eye-Opening Surgery

Summer 2009
Issue No. 5

Eye-Opening Surgery

Date: June 24, 2009


About 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma, where increased pressure inside the eyeball damages the optic nerve. It’s the leading cause of irreversible blindness.

A new, less-invasive procedure removes the fine layers of clogged tissues that block flow and avoids the more extensive surgery of traditional glaucoma procedures.

“It all comes down to plumbing,” says Johns Hopkins ophthalmologist David Friedman, M.D. “With all glaucoma patients, we just need to make sure that either more fluid is leaving the eye or less is coming in.”

Many people who need surgery for glaucoma would be eligible.

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