glaucoma

noun
glau·​co·​ma | \glau̇-ˈkō-mə, glȯ-\

Definition of glaucoma 

: a disease of the eye marked by increased pressure within the eyeball that can result in damage to the optic disk and gradual loss of vision

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The trial has so far enrolled two glaucoma patients, a 17-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 July 2018 Post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, and glaucoma were all on the previous list of ailments. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Michigan Approves 11 New Conditions for Medical Marijuana Treatment," 11 July 2018 That Butler built such a monumental art was all the more remarkable considering he was blinded by infantile glaucoma shortly after birth. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Remembering Henry Butler, a New Orleans giant," 9 July 2018 Now, the Stanford neuroscientist is embarking on a different kind of daring quest, testing an intriguing but unproven hypothesis: that virtual reality could be used to preserve or even restore vision for patients with glaucoma. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 July 2018 Lasik can also interfere with the detection of glaucoma, or the buildup of pressure within the eye that, if left untreated, can lead to blindness. New York Times, "Blurred Vision, Burning Eyes: This Is a Lasik Success?," 11 June 2018 Unity Biotech is also working toward clinical trials of drugs for glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic neuropathy — all considered diseases of aging. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "This drug cocktail reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells," 10 July 2018 In just one example of how much an individual drug price has gone up, a bottle of Xalatan, eyedrops for glaucoma, went from $89.38 to $107.05, reports The Financial Times. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Pfizer Raises Prices on Prescription Drugs Like Viagra and Chantix for the Second Time This Year," 2 July 2018 The 60-year-old woman has glaucoma and needs three types of prescription eye drops that collectively cost about $1,200 each month. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Obamacare: Outreach groups nervous as Trump remains silent on funding," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of glaucoma

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glaucoma

Latin, cataract, from Greek glaukōma, from glaukoun to have a cataract, from glaukos

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The first known use of glaucoma was in 1885

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glaucoma

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glaucoma

medical : a disease in which pressure inside the eye causes gradual loss of vision

glaucoma

noun
glau·​co·​ma | \glau̇-ˈkō-mə, glȯ- \

Medical Definition of glaucoma 

: a disease of the eye marked by increased pressure within the eyeball that can result in damage to the optic disk and gradual loss of vision

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