May 21, 1992 |
An estimated 1 million Americans with glaucoma are unaware that they have the condition, the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. Glaucoma is an especially acute problem for black Americans, for whom it is the leading cause of blindness. Black Americans have a fourfold higher incidence of the disease than do whites, and blindness caused by glaucoma is six to eight times more prevalent among black Americans than whites. The reason for the difference is not known.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1991 |
State medical officials have accused a Burbank eye doctor of botching cataract surgery on one elderly patient who later went blind and of giving an excessive number of laser "shots" to another who was left with almost no vision in the treated eye. Dr. Akim F. Czmus also misdiagnosed a 15-year-old girl as having glaucoma, an increase in eyeball pressure that can lead to blindness, despite normal pressure readings and the rarity of the condition among teen-agers, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1991 |
Blacks are four to five times more likely than whites to develop one of the most common causes of preventable blindness in the United States, according to the first major study to explore in detail long-suspected racial differences in rates of glaucoma. The study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., found that disparities in health care did not explain the racial gap.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1990 |
"I haven't felt a thing, felt it at all." --President George Bush, after he learned he was at risk for glaucoma. If George Bush hadn't been President--and under the watchful care of his own personal physician--he might very well have not bothered to see an ophthalmologist since he hadn't "felt a thing."
April 26, 1990 |
Two prominent eye doctors confirmed Wednesday that President Bush has a mild form of glaucoma, but said he need not continue using prescription eye drops. "Extensive testing of the eye, including detailed photographs, once again revealed no abnormalities and no visual loss," said Dr. Burton Lee, the White House physician. "It was decided to stop the Betagan eye drops and follow him closely for now, on no treatment."
April 13, 1990 |
President Bush emerged from a five-hour health examination Thursday and pronounced himself "like a spring colt." White House doctor Burton Lee agreed that Bush is in excellent health, although the routine physical did turn up "an early glaucoma" in Bush's left eye. The diagnosis was made at Bethesda Naval Hospital outside Washington. Bush, 65, will be required to take eye drops daily for the ailment. Extensive tests showed no visual impairment.
April 12, 1990 |
President Bush is suffering from "an early glaucoma" in his left eye, medical tests disclosed today. The glaucoma, which the White House said has not affected his vision, was discovered during a routine physical at Bethesda Naval Hospital, the White House said. It will be treated with eyedrops. In general, Bush "is in excellent health," White House physician Dr. Burton Lee said in a statement released by the press office after the President's 5-hour examination.
June 18, 1989 |
Elvy Musikka begins most days as she ends them--smoking a legal joint and hoping others like her can some day do the same. Either rolled like a cigarette or baked into brownies, marijuana has been in Musikka's life for more than 12 years as she tried to lessen the effects of glaucoma, which has left her with only 10% of her sight. But she clearly sees herself as a crusader for the thousands of glaucoma victims throughout the United States denied legal use of the drug that reduces the high eye pressure caused by the disease.
November 29, 1987
Pacific Hospital of Long Beach offers three free screening clinics for the public as follows: A foot-screening clinic provides a licensed podiatrist to give examinations at 11 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month. A simple test for glaucoma will be given by an ophthalmologist during a glaucoma screening clinic at 11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month.
March 29, 1987
Beginning this year, all children ages 5 and older who are claimed as dependents on tax returns will be required to have their own Social Security numbers, the Social Security Administration has announced. The SSA is working with local school districts to help elementary and junior high school students who need Social Security numbers get them, according to the Los Angeles County Office of Education.