Mitochondrial damage was studied in patients who had glaucoma. The mitochodria is the like the power house of the cell. Energy is produced and protein synthesis takes place here. Samples of the trabecular meshwork were taken from 79 patients who had surgery for glaucoma. This was compared to 156 matched controls. (Patients who did not have glaucoma) The results indicated that mitochondrial DNA deletion was dramically increased (5.32 fold) in patients with glaucoma. The authors concluded that oxidative stress to the trabecualr meshwork exerts a pathologic role in the development of damage in glaucoma. This study indicates that methods to increase the health of the mitochondria and reducing oxidative stress will benefit patients with glaucoma. Mitochondrial Damage in the Trabecular Meshwork of patients with Glaucoma Izzotti, Alberto et el, Arch Ophthalmology, 128:6 724-730 June 2010
How does this article support the beneficial effects of microcurrent? Microcurrent has been shown to dramatically increase mitochrondria activity. The effects of 10 to 500 microamps on the cellular level have been documented by Dr. Cheng to increase ATP production by 500%, increase protein synthesis by 70% and increase cell transport by 40%. All these activities take place in the mitochodria of the cell. N Cheng et al: The effects of electric current on ATP generation, protein synthesis and membrane transport in rat skin. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 1982: 264-272.