Legend has it that your eyes were the ultimate gift of God. Look upon the beautiful world that exists around you; she might have thought while giving your eyes. Even, if you are inclined toward a scientific bent of mind, you would not argue, that your eyes indeed provide you an extraordinary experience of your world.

Over 60 million worldwide suffer from a disease called glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that can damage the optic nerve. It is this nerve that transmits the light shining on your eyes to your brain so that you can decipher what you are seeing. Historically, if you were fortunate to be detected early, you could avoid complete vision loss. The treatment involved a strict regimen of taking eye drops. If you were negligent, it could result in degeneration and ultimate loss of sight.

A joint effort of the University of California, San Francisco and a lab promoted by Dr. Tejal Desai has developed a new implant. The implant in your eye is composed of two biodegradable layers of film with medicine in between. The implant releases medicine into your eyes in the appropriate dosage and at the desired frequency. Currently, the implant has not been approved by the FDA, but hopefully, that day is not far away.

There have been other efforts to address glaucoma as well. A molecule called lipoxins knew to be an anti-inflammatory agent was injected into rats. The rats showed a marked decline in the progression of the disease.

In a strange twist of fate, an examination of my eyes showed that I had a small brown spot beside my retina. The spot was caused by a lack of Vitamin A, commonly found in carrots. The legend that was eating carrots improves the quality of your eyes is true after all.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.