Sunday, January 22, 2012

GLAUCOMA & GEOGRAPHY

As a plastic surgeon involved with aspects of physical beauty, I am drawn to information about vision. It is, after all, the principle way we experience physical beauty.


So, what could the vision problem, glaucoma, possibly have in common with geography? Well, they both begin with G.


But, seriously, there appears to be more to this than meets the eye. It seems people who live most of their lives BELOW 41 Degrees north Latitude (i.e. passes through Chicago) have a SIGNIFICANTLY lower risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma. Exfoliation glaucoma causes protein deposits in the eye which can lead to vision loss.


And here, we thought people were moving to Florida for the weather. We learn new and interesting things everyday.

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