This health video focuses on eye drop treatment for Glaucoma sufferers.
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Jennifer Mathews: This is a daily ritual for Enid Cox, and one that may save her eyesight. Enid Cox: It becomes second nature. Jennifer Mathews: Enid took part in a national study looking at the effect of daily eye drops on delaying and preventing glaucoma. Dr. Richard Parrish: Glaucoma is a condition where usually the pressure is elevated and the optic nerve develops injury. Jennifer Mathews: In a study of more than 1,600 people with elevated eye pressure, half were given eye drops to lower the pressure and half were not. Left untreated, nearly 10 percent developed glaucoma in five years. Dr. Richard Parrish: If you were in the group that had the pressure lowered then the risk was down to about 4.4%. Jennifer Mathews: Enid has a family history of the disease. Enid Cox: My father's sister, she had glaucoma and before she died, she was blind. Jennifer Mathew: So far though, Cox's eyesight has not changed. Enid Cox: They said the drops was working and I was doing great. Jennifer Mathews: For now, she'll continue to enjoy the sights around her. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.