Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. and worldwide. Today's edition of UVaToday features the research of neuroscientist Xiaorong Liu, an Assistant Professor of Biology and Psychology. "Glaucoma is often caused when abnormally high pressure inside the eye puts damaging pressure on the optic nerve. The optic nerve, which connects the eye with the brain, is made up of neuron cells, specifically retinal ganglion cells. Pressure causes retinal ganglion cells to die, never to be recovered." “If we can understand exactly how and when cells die in the diseased condition, we can seek very early interventions that could stop cell loss early,” Liu said. To read the full article, please click here.