Early Detection     Genetics     Treatment


All effective treatments for glaucoma currently rely on lowering of the intraocular pressure including eye drops, laser or surgery. We are testing improved eye drops to lower the eye pressure. We also have long standing laboratory, clinical and epidemiological programmes to improve the surgical treatment of glaucoma, including angle-closure glaucoma. We have developed painless short single applications of inexpensive anticancer agents and better techniques to improve glaucoma surgery. Our recent long-term Medical Research council trial has shown that these agents are safe and effective in preventing surgical failure for many years. In those patients with no scarring, not one patient got worse over nearly 10 years. We have discovered and are developing even better drugs to achieve this result in every patient. We are working on drugs to protect the nerve from damage and are also developing new treatments based on stem cells to try to regenerate the damaged optic nerve.

IO researchers working in this area:

Dr Maryse Bailly
Professor Shomi Bhattacharya
Professor Francesca Cordeiro
Dr Steven Dakin
Professor Fred Fitzke
Dr Paul Foster
Mr D Garway Heath
Professor Peng Khaw
Dr Astrid Limb
Mr Ian Murdoch
Mr Ananth Viswanathan

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