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New study may improve glaucoma assessment accuracy

New study may improve glaucoma assessment accuracy
25th October 2011

A UK study may allow healthcare professionals to assess the risk of glaucoma in patients with greater accuracy.

Researchers monitored the distribution and causes of eye pressure - medically termed intraocular pressure - in 25,000 predominantly Caucasian men and women.

Dr Paul J Foster, of the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology, stated: "Previously, a rather crude measure ... was used as an index of corneal biomechanics.

"We used a device which generates measures of corneal biomechanics in conjunction with IOP (Intraocular pressure) and attempts to correct IOP for corneal physical properties."

In February a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida identified a new candidate gene for primary open angle glaucoma (POAG).

Gene investigations into human glaucoma have currently only accounted for a small fraction of cases and have not shed light on much of the disease process.

The Vanderbilt researchers hoped to change this by turning to a simpler canine genetic model.

The project's findings offer an insight into glaucoma pathology and could lead to improved targeted treatment strategies.

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