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The Eye on Fire

Modulating The Morbidity of Inflammation

The Eye on Fire

Inflammation is a necessary and critical component of the healing system and the overall actions of the immune system. The immune system is an integrated network of organs and cells that protect the host from invasion and modulate reaction once invasion has occurred. The immune system depends on self-regulation to dampen the potential for unrelenting self -destruction of autoimmune reactions. The balance in the system (immunomodulation ) is critical to the overall health of the immune system and thus the human system. Acute inflammation is modulated by the immune system to take care of an immediate problem…then it is supposed to shut itself off. Chronic inflammation is an issue that is a representation of the immune system out of control…an immune system that does not shut itself off. The immune (inflammatory) system then becomes a smoldering fire that creates significant issues throughout the bodily systems including the eye. Chronic inflammation is responsible for destabilizing cholesterol deposits (heart attack and stroke), destroying nerve cells (dementias), proliferating abnormal cells and potentially transforming them to cancer, and impacting on devastating disorders of the eye such as macular degeneration, uveitis and glaucoma.

Is There a Significant Relationship of Smoking and Obesity to Glaucoma

Is There a Significant Relationship of Smoking and Obesity to Glaucoma
Every once in a while you just have to step back and take a 30,000-foot view of things. When you read the following studies regarding proof of the risk of smoking on the worsening of glaucoma, you really need to put it in perspective. If you concede that vascular perfusion is a significant part of virtually every eye disease, you know that perfusion equates to the provision of oxygen to tissue. If you look at the lungs in the above photo, you pretty much have to figure that there is some cause and effect relationship between smoking and lack of oxygen to the eye. But let’s look at the studies.

Anterior Segment Scanning with SDOCT

HOW TO CORRECTLY MEASURE A CORNEA ANGLE IN DEGREES

Anterior Segment Scanning with SDOCT

With the advent of SDOCT a new world has opened for assessing the anterior chamber angle. It is now possible to measure the angle accurately with some of these instruments as well as watch the dynamics of the iris in vivo, such as watching a plateau iris actually close the angle when the lights are turned off and the pupil dilates.

However for accuracy purposes some specific guidelines have been created to assure proper initial and repeated measurement of the angle. This presentation outlines the proper method to obtain accurate and repeatable anterior chamber scans.

Marijuana And Glaucoma…

IS IT A MATTER OF THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES?

Marijuana And Glaucoma…

From Brewer and Shipley.  This song is about drugs, especially marijuana. A "Toke" is a puff from a marijuana cigarette or pipe. Tom Shipley explained: "When we wrote 'One Toke Over the Line,' I think we were one toke over the line. I considered marijuana a sort of a sacrament... If you listen to the lyrics of that song, 'one toke' was just a metaphor. It's a song about excess. Too much of anything will probably kill you."