07 October 2009

$50,000 boost to glaucoma research and diagnosis

Researchers at the University of Sheffield Medical School have been given the opportunity to research new and improved diagnostic techniques for patients developing glaucoma. Thanks to a donation of $50,000, the Sheffield team will use new high resolution imaging equipment to evaluate new and discomfort-free ways to make a reliable diagnosis.

Glaucoma can be a secondary problem stemming from acute or chronic uveitis – a painful inflammation of the eye. Gonioscopy, the usual technique for diagnosing glaucoma, involves contact with the surface of the eye, making it uncomfortable and difficult to perform for patients with uveitis.

Dr Raymond Harrison, a graduate of the University of Sheffield now living in New York, has forged an accomplished career as an ophthalmologist specialising in glaucoma. His connection with academic researchers at Sheffield University led to the very generous donation of $50,000 from the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration to address this problem.

Professor Ian Rennie, Head of the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics at the University of Sheffield, will use the donation in a study utilising a high resolution OCT (optical coherence tomography) imaging machine, which it is hoped will lead to advances in glaucoma diagnostics in the special group of patients. Members of the Unit, who already provide the Uveitis Service at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and undertake specialised clinics in the management of patients suffering from this condition, will conduct a clinical research programme to evaluate the effectiveness of this new approach.

The University of Sheffield is an exempt charity and is grateful to the Trustees of the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration for choosing to support our medical research. For more information about supporting research in Sheffield, please contact Miles Stevenson, Director of Development: