The inside of the eye requires some amount of pressure to function properly. The pressure is provided and normalized through a steady flow of intraocular fluid into and out of the eye through tiny pores and channels. Glaucoma typically develops when these channels become blocked and fluid cannot escape. For many patients, medicines and laser or conventional surgical treatments can promote fluid drainage and prevent or slow damage to the ganglion cells and optic nerve. Early diagnosis is very important for preserving vision. Carrie Estelle Doheny’s own vision loss from glaucoma was her impetus for founding the Doheny Eye Institute.
Researchers at Doheny Eye Institute are identifying microscopic structures in the drainage system of the eye that prevent normal fluid outflow in glaucoma and studying ways of preventing vision loss in patients with glaucoma.
Throughout the year, I have the pleasure of using this space to call out the successes of my colleagues as they work to advance research and treatment in important and innovative ways.
Doheny fosters research at the frontiers of medical science, and, I am happy to say, we also foster expertise that can literally write the book on advances in treatment.