For over two decades, the Glaucoma Advanced Imaging Laboratory (GAIL) at Stein Eye Institute has been actively engaged in research on the mechanisms and patterns of glaucoma damage. The focus of interest of the research group is to optimize detection of early glaucoma, and more importantly, to identify glaucoma patients demonstrating signs of progressing damage so that timely treatment can be implemented. Special emphasis is given to the detection of those individuals who worsen rapidly so they can receive the appropriate treatment required to prevent blindness.
Imaging of the optic nerve, the retinal nerve fibers converging towards the optic nerve, and the inner layers of the central retina is now possible with state of the art technology called Optical Coherence Tomography. This technique, developed in early 1990s, continues to improve and has become a very useful method for the detection of glaucoma and its progression in patients.
The mission of the Glaucoma Advanced Imaging Laboratory at Stein Eye Institute is to enhance and optimize our current approaches to the analyses of OCT images for detection of glaucoma and its deterioration. One of the goals of GAIL at the Stein Eye Institute is to improve detection of disease worsening in advanced glaucoma. These are eyes with significant damage due to glaucoma that have a small remaining reserve of cells. Any improvement in our approach to this group of patients would be a significant step towards reducing visual disability and blindness around the world.
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