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BrightFocus Foundation | Alzheimer's, Macular Degeneration ...

BrightFocus Foundation mourns the recent passing of Peter Davies, PhD. A globally-recognized leader in research on Alzheimer’s and related dementia, Dr. Davies served on our Scientific Review Committee for this field for 11 years, including six years as its chair.

https://www.brightfocus.org/


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Glaucoma and Eye Pressure: How High is Too High ...

Historically, glaucoma was identified as a disease in which the eye was firm or hard due to high eye pressure. However, doctors gradually came to understand that glaucoma can occur even when eye pressure is normal, which sometimes makes it harder to diagnose. Today, eye pressure is considered a major risk factor for glaucoma but is not included in the definition of this eye disease.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/glaucoma-and-eye-pressure


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World Alzheimer's Month | BrightFocus Foundation

Please join us on September 21, World Alzheimer’s Day, for a special virtual event, Alzheimer’s Turning Point: The Quest for a Cure Continues.Featuring brand new clips from the acclaimed documentary Turning Point and insightful interviews with leading BrightFocus-funded scientists, learn about the latest developments in Alzheimer’s clinical trials, diagnostics, and where we are today in ...

https://www.brightfocus.org/world-alzheimers-month


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Medications that May Adversely Affect Glaucoma ...

Narrow Angles and Angle-Closure Glaucoma What is Angle-Closure Glaucoma? Angle-closure glaucoma, the second most common type, is a largely inherited disorder caused by a too-narrow angle in the passageway where aqueous fluid would normally drain.This type of glaucoma may occur in two ways: The chronic type progresses slowly and, like open-angle glaucoma, can result in optic nerve damage.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/medications-may-adversely-affect-glaucoma


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How Long Does it Take to Go Blind from Glaucoma ...

How quickly blindness can occur when someone has glaucoma is determined by many factors, including ones that you can control. Learn three important steps that can reduce your risk of going blind from this eye disease.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/how-long-does-it-take-go-blind-glaucoma


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Amyloid Plaques and Neurofibrillary Tangles | BrightFocus ...

Learn about the role amyloid plaques, beta amyloid, neurofibrillary tangles, and tau proteins play in a brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease/infographic/amyloid-plaques-and-neurofibrillary-tangles


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Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease: Similarities and ...

What is Dementia? Dementia is a syndrome, not a specific disease.This means that the clinical features of dementia can result from any one of a large group of injuries, infections, or diseases.The symptoms of dementia can include one or more from a list that includes memory failure, diminished ability to keep multiple tasks in mind simultaneously and divide attention between them, problems ...

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease/article/alzheimers-and-parkinsons-disease-similarities-and-differences


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Laser Iridotomy Side Effects - Narrow Angle Glaucoma ...

What is Laser Iridotomy? Perhaps you have recently visited an ophthalmologist for just a routine exam, but then were told you have narrow angles and need laser iridotomy.. The “angle” that is being referred to is the angle between the iris, which makes up the colored part of your eye, and the cornea, which is the clear window front part of your eye.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/side-effects-laser-iridotomy


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What Are the Stages of Frontotemporal Dementia ...

Joseph’s wife, Emily, was shocked when he approached a young woman in the street, a stranger to him, and complimented her attractive dress. Looking back, Emily had to admit her husband had been acting strangely for several months.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease/article/what-are-stages-frontotemporal-dementia


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Laser Peripheral Iridotomy: Surgery for Narrow-Angle ...

Types of Laser Surgery for Glaucoma There are different types of laser surgery depending on the type of glaucoma. For example, one type of laser surgery (laser trabeculoplasty) is often used in open-angle glaucoma when medications are unlikely to work, do not work, or produce intolerable side effects.In some patients, laser trabeculoplasty may be the first mode of therapy if eye drops are not ...

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/peripheral-iridotomy-laser-procedure-narrow-angles


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Age and Glaucoma | BrightFocus Foundation

The information provided here is a public service of the BrightFocus Foundation and should not in any way substitute for personalized advice of a qualified healthcare professional; it is not intended to constitute medical advice.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/age-and-glaucoma


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Pick’s Disease: Symptoms, Progression & Treatment ...

A Form of Frontotemporal Dementia “Pick Disease,” or “Pick’s Disease” is the name given to one form of a larger group of diseases now called the frontotemporal dementias. (FTD).

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease/article/what-picks-disease


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I Was Diagnosed with Glaucoma: Now What? | BrightFocus ...

You’ve visited an ophthalmologist, and you’ve just received a diagnosis of glaucoma. You may be feeling anxious or overwhelmed by this diagnosis, but hopefully, with additional knowledge, you can feel more in control of this disease. This article summarizes some questions you may be asking yourself.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/i-was-diagnosed-glaucoma-now-what


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Macular Degeneration Research News: Spring 2020 ...

Learn about new research grants leading us to a cure, common medical problems that increase the risk of macular degeneration, macular degeneration facts and figures, how to choose the right sunglasses, and more in the spring 2020 edition of Macular Degeneration Research News.

https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/news/macular-research-news-spring-2020


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Risk Factors of Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma | BrightFocus ...

Open-angle glaucoma is a group of glaucomas in which the drainage angle of the eye is in a “wide” or “open-angle” configuration. Primary open-angle glaucoma is a type of open-angle glaucoma where a secondary cause of increased eye pressure, such as chronic steroid use or eye trauma, is not present. This article will focus on the risk factors of primary open-angle glaucoma.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/risk-factors-primary-open-angle-glaucoma


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What is considered normal eye pressure? | BrightFocus ...

While the average eye pressure is approximately 15 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury), the range of normal eye pressure is much larger.About 90 percent of people will fall between a pressure of 10 and 21. Even so, this does not mean that if you have a pressure of 22 or higher it is abnormal.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/question/what-considered-normal-eye-pressure


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Eye Drops vs. Laser Treatment for Glaucoma | BrightFocus ...

In newly diagnosed glaucoma or ocular hypertension that requires treatment, each person and their ophthalmologist must decide whether to start with medications or perform laser therapy first. Prior to the LiGHT study (L aser i n G laucoma and Ocular H yper T ension) the field viewed both treatments as appropriate first steps, but more commonly people were started on medications first.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/eye-drops-vs-laser-treatment-glaucoma


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Tau Protein and Alzheimer’s Disease: What’s the Connection ...

What is Tau? The tau protein is predominantly found in brain cells (neurons). Among tau’s multiple functions in healthy brain cells, a very important one is stabilization of the internal microtubules.Tau is a small protein with a short name but a large reputation because of its association with multiple brain diseases.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease/article/tau-protein-and-alzheimers-disease-whats-connection


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BrightFocus Awards Nearly $18 Million for New Alzheimer’s ...

CLARKSBURG MD - BrightFocus Foundation, a leading nonprofit funder of global research on Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma, today announced 93 new research grants, a $17.8 million commitment toward ending these age-related neurodegenerative diseases. “We’re living in a time when the need for innovative science is painfully clear. For families impacted by dementia and vision ...

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease-macular-degeneration-glaucoma/news/brightfocus-awards-nearly-18-million-new


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Macular Degeneration: Government Benefits | BrightFocus ...

The Progression of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can cause rapid vision loss. Learn how recent advances in treating wet AMD have decreased the rate of vision loss, and about research that may eliminate the need for injections.

https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/government-benefits


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Treatments for Dry Macular Degeneration | BrightFocus ...

The Progression of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can cause rapid vision loss. Learn how recent advances in treating wet AMD have decreased the rate of vision loss, and about research that may eliminate the need for injections.

https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/dry-macular-degeneration/treatments


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Can Vitrectomy Increase the Risk of Developing Glaucoma ...

What is Vitrectomy? Vitrectomy is a commonly performed surgery by retinal specialists in which the vitreous humor (or vitreous jelly), is removed from the eye. The vitreous humor is the substance that fills in the region from the lens to the back of the eye.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/can-vitrectomy-increase-risk-developing-glaucoma


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Glaucoma Care During the Coronavirus (COVID-19 ...

The information provided here is a public service of the BrightFocus Foundation and should not in any way substitute for personalized advice of a qualified healthcare professional; it is not intended to constitute medical advice.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/glaucoma-care-during-coronavirus-pandemic


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Two New Glaucoma Medications: Learn More | BrightFocus ...

Prior to late 2017, the last new glaucoma medication was latanoprost, a prostaglandin analogue, approved by the FDA in 1996. This class of medications — which, in addition to latanoprost includes, travoprost, and bimatoprost — is highly effective at managing eye pressure.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/two-new-glaucoma-medications


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Blood Pressure and Glaucoma | BrightFocus Foundation

As with many aspects of our health, moderation is key with regard to blood pressure levels and risk of glaucoma. Very high blood pressure is not good for glaucoma because it may raise eye pressure; however, moderate to very low blood pressure is also a problem because it is important for the optic nerve to receive enough blood flow.. High Blood Pressure and Glaucoma

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/blood-pressure-and-glaucoma


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Life Expectancy After an Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis ...

The most honest answer to Genevieve’s question may be, “It depends.” After a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, people can live for months to years, depending on individual circumstances.It’s been shown that factors like age, race, genetics, health background, socioeconomic status, and education influence the life expectancy of large numbers of people with ...

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease/article/life-expectancy-after-alzheimers-disease-diagnosis


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Macular Degeneration & Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for ...

Coronavirus and Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration. During the current coronavirus crisis, non-urgent medical visits may be postponed. However, if you have wet AMD, it is very important to continue to have intraocular anti-VEGF injections to protect your vision.These should be given at the frequency recommended by your ophthalmologist, which can vary from patient to patient depending on how ...

https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/article/macular-coronavirus-tips-patients


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Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease | BrightFocus Foundation

Generally, dementia is a decline in thinking, reasoning, and/or remembering. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases of dementia.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease/news/dementia-and-alzheimers-disease


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Glaucoma: Insurance & Long-Term Care | BrightFocus Foundation

If you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of glaucoma, it’s important to begin planning for the future as soon as possible. Two key issues to consider are long-term care for your or your loved one’s housing and medical care needs and how to pay for it, whether through insurance or other means.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/insurance-and-long-term-care


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The Best Exercise for People with Alzheimer’s Disease ...

The information provided here is a public service of the BrightFocus Foundation and should not in any way substitute for personalized advice of a qualified healthcare professional; it is not intended to constitute medical advice.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease/article/best-exercise-people-alzheimers-disease


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Alzheimer’s Disease and Glaucoma: Is There a Connection ...

Glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of neurodegenerative eye diseases that leads to damage of the optic nerve (the bundle of nerve fibers that carries information from the eye to the brain), which can then lead to vision loss and possibly blindness.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-glaucoma/article/alzheimers-disease-and-glaucoma-there-connection


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Innate immune signaling in Alzheimer's disease ...

This award seeks to study the role of the innate immune system in AD pathogenesis. and the role of Toll-like recceptors in mediating the microglial inflammatory response. Microglia likely play a key role in the clearance of Aß as well as in more chronic inflammatory changes as a result of Aß activation.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/grant/innate-immune-signaling-alzheimers-disease-pathogenesis


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Alzheimer's Disease Progression in the Brain | BrightFocus ...

Amyloid Plaques. One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease is the accumulation of amyloid plaques between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain. Amyloid is a general term for protein fragments that the body produces normally.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease/infographic/progression-alzheimers-disease


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Informing Your Loved One About Their Alzheimer’s Diagnosis ...

In clinical practice, there has been a tendency among physicians to not inform their patients of their Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Looking at Medicare data from years 2008 – 2010 including the data of 16,000 people, and interviewing patients who were being treated for Alzheimer’s, one study concluded that just 45 percent of physicians told their patients they have Alzheimer’s.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/article/informing-your-loved-one-about-their-alzheimers-diagnosis


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The Implantable Miniature Telescope for Macular ...

Some patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) lose their central vision in both eyes. This makes it difficult to read, recognize faces, or watch television. Fortunately, the more peripheral retinal beyond the centrally-located macula is not usually affected. The implantable miniature telescope (IMT) takes advantage of this fact by enlarging objects in the center of the visual field ...

https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/article/implantable-miniature-telescope-macular


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Grants | BrightFocus Foundation

BrightFocus provides initial funding to researchers for innovative scientific research to discover the causes, improve treatments, and find cures for Alzheimer's disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

https://www.brightfocus.org/grants/


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Is Glaucoma Painful? | BrightFocus Foundation

Learn about a form of glaucoma that typically produces no pain and other forms that can cause significant discomfort. Regardless of whether pain is associated with glaucoma, the condition can lead to complete loss of vision if not treated properly.

https://www.brightfocus.org/glaucoma/article/glaucoma-painful


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Treatment of Vascular Dementia (VCI) | BrightFocus Foundation

The information provided here is a public service of the BrightFocus Foundation and should not in any way substitute for personalized advice of a qualified healthcare professional; it is not intended to constitute medical advice.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/article/treatment-vascular-dementia


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Refusing to Take Medications: Tips for the Alzheimer's ...

It is very common to hear from caregivers about the challenges of giving medications to someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. “When I give my mom her medications, she gets angry,” is an often heard statement.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/article/refusing-take-medications-tips-alzheimers-caregiver


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COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Double Threat for ...

COVID-19 has profoundly impacted the elderly population. Although Alzheimer’s disease (AD) does not appear to increase an individual’s risk of contracting COVID-19, Alzheimer’s has had a significant effect on a population that suffers from additional underlying illnesses, which can complicate the clinical manifestation of the virus.

https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers-disease/article/covid-19-and-alzheimers-disease-double-threat-communities-color