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Treating glaucoma: Early screening and new therapies can help save sight

Early screening and new therapies can help save sight (WKRC)

GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - A local woman is giving thanks to the team she says helped save her sight.

She had an eye disease that could have cost her her sight, but the woman says that luckily, she got to the right team before it was too late.

At Apex Eye in Green Township, the woman says she now wants everyone to know about early detection and breakthrough discoveries in the works.

Imagine a beautiful view slowly starting to narrow. Jane Drummond doesn't need to imagine it, she nearly lived it.

“The first visit I came in, he just looked at me and said, I can fix this,” said Drummond.

Drummond has a family history and diagnosis of glaucoma.

“Glaucoma really is a degeneration of the optic nerve and it's most closely related to age and pressure,” said Dr. Daniel Hammer of Apex Eye.

The problem is, you can have glaucoma and not know it without blue lights or other high-tech views. You wouldn't know it, until the sight changes, and then it's too late to turn it around.

“If we are looking at the optic nerve, we are going to catch people who have some early changes, some early loss,” said Dr. Hammer.

What's more, is that Drummond is sharing her story because Dr. Hammer’s team is also part of several clinical trials that are testing breakthrough therapies for her eye disease and several others.

One is a drop using nitrous oxide which lowers pressure. That's the same mechanism as a person who's having chest pain and they take nitro that can act on the tissues in the eye to lower the pressure.

Others are looking at topical eye agents.

For Jane Drummond, these therapies offer new hope. So does the doctor that she says who wouldn't give up on finding what she needed to get her sight back on track.

“He's just amazing, he really is, I love him,” said Drummond.

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