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For more information, contact: Glaucoma Research Foundation, 251 Post Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94108; phone: 800-826-6693 or 415-9863162; web site: <
Currently, Dr Graves is part of the boards of TearLab Corporation, Encore Vision, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation, the Pan-American Ophthalmology Foundation, the American Association for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Glaucoma Research Foundation, KeepYourSight Foundation, the Corporation Committee for the Brown University Medical School and the Advisory Board for Amach Capital Partners.
It is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, accounting for 9 to 12 percent of all blindness, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. The organization estimates that over four million Americans have the disease, but half don't know it.
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, more than three million Americans have open-angle glaucoma.
If you are African American, your risk of developing the open-angle type of glaucoma is higher than for Caucasian people, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Open-angle glaucoma accounts for 19 percent of all blindness among African-Americans, compared to only 6 percent in Caucasians.
About 30 percent of patients with pigment dispersion syndrome develop angle-closure glaucoma, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation.
The Glaucoma Research Foundation estimates that of the three million Americans with glaucoma, about 25 percent to 33 percent may have this form of disease in which eye pressures are within the normal range, but the optic nerve progressively deteriorates.
Laser trabeculoplasty has successfully lowered eye pressure in about 75 percent of treated patients, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. The effects of this treatment may wear off over time.
The Glaucoma Research Foundation reports that some forms of glaucoma, such as angle-closure, are unresponsive to exercise, or run the risk of increasing eye pressure, such as in glaucoma patients with pigment dispersion syndrome.
"Glaucoma Statistics." Glaucoma Research Foundation.
"Pigment Dispersion Syndrome and Pigmentary Glaucoma." Glaucoma Research Foundation.
"What Is Your IOP IQ?" Glaucoma Research Foundation.