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Chronic glaucoma, also known as primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), results in a gradual loss of vision, often leading to blindness. The disease progresses by damaging the optic nerve head; and ophthalmologists do not entirely understand its causes Since a portion of patients with POAG also have abnormally high intraocular pressure (IOP), researchers conclude that high IOP is a major risk factor for POAG. Therefore, the goal of conventional treatment for POAG is to reduce IOP by using eye drops, medications, laser surgery, or traditional surgery. Despite strict adherence to the prescribed treatment regimen, about 10 percent of POAG patients become blind. In light of this data, researchers in numerous countries have turned their attention to the role of blood flow in POAG patients. The vascular theory posits that damage to retinal ganglion cells is the direct effect of insufficient blood supply to those cells. At present, many research institutions around the world have tried unsuccessfully to develop medications that increase intraocular circulation. The author discovered a method, based on an ancient eastern treatment, to improve intraocular blood circulation through the physical therapy technique that the author named “Palm Pressure Therapy" (PPT). This simple method, sometimes combined with conventional POAG medications, has halted and reversed the progression of POAG. Furthermore, three recent cases of POAG had already been blind when they came to the author for treatment. On application of the PPT as a treatment alternative, the patients regained their vision. In conclusion, the author is certain that with an improved approach of PPT, more POAG patients will benefit from such therapy. Additionally, widespread application of this technique may help reduce the number of people with glaucoma-related blindness in the near future.
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