Recent News

  • Monday, August 9, 2021 - 11:15

    In a report to Ophthalmology Glaucoma, Dr. Boese reported the first use of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (GATT) on a patient with glaucoma caused by a myocilin mutation. Read more about it here.

  • Monday, August 9, 2021 - 11:15

    The Fingert Lab and colleagues from the Faroe Islands and Denmark conducted a prospective study of the prevalence of glaucoma on the isolated population of the Faroe Islands located in the North Atlantic. The prevalence of open angle glaucoma in citizens over 40 years of age was 1.1% and highly age-related. Glaucoma patients were tested for disease-causing variants in known glaucoma-causing genes (MYOC, OPTN, TBK1), but none were detected, suggesting that a unique set of genes may cause glaucoma on the Faroe Islands.

  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 14:15

    A 2021 Ophthalmology Glaucoma article reported the 100 most impactful articles in clinical glaucoma care based on literature citations and polling American Glaucoma Society members. Ten of these articles included University of Iowa faculty members among the authors. Dr. Wallace Alward was an author on 8 of these articles. Dr. Hayreh was an author of 5 of these articles. Other Iowa authors include Mansour Armaly, Charles Phelps, Hansjoerg Kolder, Thomas Farrell, Edwin Stone, John Fingert, and Val Sheffield.

  • Friday, July 9, 2021 - 13:30

    Glaucoma Service faculty member, Assistant Professor Erin A. Boese, was selected as the 2020-2021 teacher of the year by University of Iowa medical students rotating through the eye department.

  • Friday, February 5, 2021 - 15:30

    Dr. Boese plays violin in a UI Health Care's PROJECT ART in a virtual performance of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. She is seated at the piano in the middle of the photo above (more to the upper left in the video of the whole group). Click on this link to hear the performance.

  • Monday, February 1, 2021 - 07:45

    Dr. Lee Alward has been a frequent flyer on ORBIS, the flying eye hospital program. ORBIS has a mission of bringing experts, like Dr. Alward, to teach eye surgery to communities that need their help most. In 2020 he gave more virtual training sessions to eye teams around the world than any other ORBIS Volunteer Faculty. For his tireless service teaching around the world (virtually and in-person), Dr. Alward has been recognized as an ORBIS HERO.

  • Friday, January 29, 2021 - 10:45

    The glaucoma team has established a wetlab to teach resident physicians Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS). The photo above shows Dr. Tyler Quist learning Kahook Dual Blade (KDB) and Gonioscopy-Assisted Transluminal Trabeculotomy (GATT) from Dr. Erin Boese at the recent inaugural MIGS Wetlab.

  • Monday, June 22, 2020 - 14:45

    Mutations in the TBK1 gene are a leading cause of glaucoma that occurs in patients with low intraocular pressures (normal tension glaucoma). We report at 20 year clinical follow up on patients with TBK1 glaucoma that shows this glaucoma is progressive, severe, and that it may respond to pressure lowering treatments. Read more about it here.

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 15:15

    Dr. Andrew Pouw completed his medical school at the University of Southern California, ophthalmology residency at Yale University, and glaucoma fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University. We are happy to welcome him as a new member of the Glaucoma Service and the Glaucoma Center at the University of Iowa. Dr. Pouw's academic interests are in education and developing new educational approaches for ophthalmology (i.e.

  • Monday, January 6, 2020 - 10:45

    UIHC Glaucoma faculty Drs. Nathan Sears, Wallace Alward, and John Fingert along with Pediatrics Professor, Dr. Ben Darbro published a case report of a young patient with glaucoma caused by a TBK1 gene duplication. Twenty year follow up showed worsening of optic nerve damage (cupping) at an early age before peripheral vision loss. Read more about it here.