Research to Prevent Blindness

RPB Study Urges Glaucoma Screening for Older African Americans

Routine screening of older African Americans for glaucoma -- a high-risk group -- would significantly reduce the incidence of blindness at relatively low cost, RPB researchers report in a recently published study.

According to the report, the prevalence of glaucoma-related blindness in this population would fall by half a percentage point if all African Americans in their 50s were screened for the condition with frequency-doubling exams.

Such a program also would cut the prevalence of undiagnosed glaucoma in older African Americans by half and would modestly reduce the frequency of glaucoma-related visual impairment.

The researchers wrote that, although Medicare covers glaucoma screening, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has declined to recommend it because high-quality evidence from clinical trials is lacking.  "... we aimed to help bridge this evidence gap."

Read the full article.

Read an abstract of the study.

Related News: Glaucoma

Glaucoma event banner
Watch The Video

RPB Hosts Virtual Glaucoma Event

RPB grantees provide expert advice on glaucoma in the first event of the "Lunch & Learn" series.

Read More


Researchers Identify Biomarker for Glaucoma Damage

The RPB-supported researchers hope their finding will lead to tests to identify cell damage before irreversible vision loss.

Read More

Dr. Beebe

A Career Retooled

Dr. David Beebe's studies of the vitreous body - the gel that fills the eye - are aimed at identifying the mechanism responsible for age-related nuclear cataracts and open angle glaucoma.

Read More

Watch The Video

Research Finds Risk of Glaucoma Blindness Drops by Half

Compared to earlier generations, today's generation has a 50% reduced probability of losing sight to glaucoma 20 years after a diagnosis, according to research supported by RPB.Read the story.Read the...

Read More

"Smart" contact lens prototype

“Smart” Contacts May Someday Test for and Treat Glaucoma

Scientists have designed and tested a pressure-sensing contact lens that will, in the future, allow glaucoma patients to monitor their eye pressure at home, providing more detailed and continuous information in...

Read More

Dr. Girkin

Thyroid Problems May Increase Glaucoma Risk

According to an RPB-supported study, people who have had a thyroid condition at some point in their life are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma. The link between glaucoma and thyroid disorders may be due to...

Read More



Get our email updates filled with the latest news from our researchers about preventing vision loss, treating eye disease and even restoring sight. Unsubscribe at any time. Under our privacy policy, we'll never share your contact information with a third party.