David Mittelstein was 11 when he found out his grandmother was losing her sight to glaucoma, though he didn’t fully understand the implications of the disease until years later.
Currently, regular eye exams are the best form of glaucoma prevention. Early detection and careful, lifelong treatment can maintain vision in most people.
The program is named for Dr. Robert Shaffer (1912-2007), the world-renowned glaucoma specialist who started the Shaffer Fellowship in 1961. Glaucoma Research Foundation is a major sponsor of International Glaucoma Fellowship Program.
For two days in October 2008, researchers collected at Vanderbilt University for a focused symposium entitled “Neurodegeneration in Glaucoma: From Mechanisms to New Treatments.”
Glaucoma affects over 60 million people worldwide.
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