Summary of Most Recent Report
The reports we produce are a comprehensive summation of the discussions at our previous Symposia. The full reports (which can be downloaded by registering) are intended to be useful to as many people as possible – from the general public, to members of congress, researchers, and clinicians.
However, we recognize that a walk-through may be necessary for those wanting to understand more fully or seeking more knowledge. Below are a few bullet points from the most recent report, An Eye on Glaucoma: New Opportunities for Treatment. Congressional staffers and members of the media may arrange with us for an explanation of the reports’ findings. Please do not hesitate to contact us if desired.
Recent discussions and findings:
- Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that causes dysfunction of the retina, vision loss and possible blindness.
- Glaucoma affects 60 million people around the world with over 2 million in the USA.
- Some ethnic groups are affected far more than others.
- Despite great strides in research, the therapies for treating glaucoma have changed little over the past few years although recent basic research points to several promising areas for future treatment.
- New diagnosis techniques may help prevent glaucoma progression through early treatment.
- New drug treatments are being developed that may help prolong functional vision in glaucoma.
- Gene therapy as a treatment for glaucoma is potentially much closer than previously thought