Recent News

  • Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:00

    A research team led by Dr. Val Sheffield and Dr. Ankur Jain developed a genome editing (CRISPR/Cas9) approach to treat glaucoma caused by mutations in the myocilin gene. In 1997, Iowa Glaucoma Center investigators discovered that mutations in myocilin were the most common known cause of glaucoma and are responsible for 1 in 25 cases. In the current study, investigators report successfully correcting myocilin mutations to prevent high eye pressure and glaucoma in mice.

  • Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:15

    Cataracts and glaucoma are age-related health problems that most typically occur later in life. However, cataracts and glaucoma do rarely occur in infants or children and may require delicate surgeries to preserve and protect the vision in their still developing eyes. Read more about a story of one child’s experience with congenital cataract and glaucoma here.

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:45

    Researchers at the University of Iowa have published research that predicts a patients visual field based on an imaging study. These studies may ultimately lead to more accurate and faster testing strategies that would be far less unpleasant for patients. Read more about this research here.

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:15

    The Glaucoma Service welcomes Nathan Sears as its fifth faculty member. Nathan completed his Ophthalmology residency at the Cleveland Clinic and his glaucoma fellowship at UCLA and joins the University of Iowa’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences as an Assistant Professor.

  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:15

    The Glaucoma Service is proud to announce that Dr. Ze Zhang is our new Glaucoma Fellow for 2017-2018. Her medical training includes Yale School of Medicine and Ophthalmology Residency at Tulane University.

  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 09:45

    Dr. Jason Kam completed his year of glaucoma fellowship with flying colors! He will soon be providing glaucoma specialty care in Seattle, Washington with Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Kam was a wonderful team member and an outstanding glaucoma doctor. He will be missed by all, but our loss will be Seattle’s gain!

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 20:15

    The annual meeting of the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) has a featured presentation, “The AGS Lecture”. Dr. Wallace L.M. Alward was selected to give the 2017 AGS Lecture. His presentation, “Tools for Teaching - At Home and Afar" was given on Friday March 3, 2017 and highlighted his innovative approaches to developing widely available resources for teaching glaucoma.

  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 16:30

    Hear Iowa’s Dr. Dan Bettis talk about glaucoma here.

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 09:45
  • Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 19:00

    We recently showed that duplication of the TBK1 gene causes human glaucoma that occurs at low intraocular pressure. In this study, we engineered mice to have an extra copy of the TBK1 gene in its genome. These mice develop glaucoma that occurs at normal eye pressures, just like the glaucoma in our patients with a TBK1 gene duplication. The results of this study provide the strongest proof that mutations in the TBK1 gene causes human glaucoma and the mice will be a powerful resource for studying the causes and testing cures for human glaucoma. Read more about this research here.

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