Research Articles


TARRGET Report March 2018 – Pilot Study

It can be seen from the data presented in this report that 72 of the 131 first degree relatives screened either had glaucoma or had early signs that need to be monitored carefully. This indicates that if a person has a family member with advanced glaucoma they have up to a 54% chance of developing the disease.


TARRGET Study Aims to Improve Glaucoma Detection

Pending the discovery of the other glaucoma genes, the major ‘genetics’ tool in identifying individuals with a high risk of glaucoma is a known family history of glaucoma.


Glaucoma Research: A Year of Progress

Greater knowledge of disease risk factors, new approaches to detection and monitoring and innovative treatments are positively impacting glaucoma outcomes.


XEN Gelatin: Evolution of a new Glaucoma Surgery

Australian ophthalmologists and researchers have made significant inroads into managing glaucoma. Professor William Morgan from Lions Eye Institute, University of Western Australia, was integral to the development of a microfistula tube, now known as the 'XEN gelatin' implant. 

New research: exercise may reduce risk of glaucoma

Moderate intensity exercise appears to be safe and likely beneficial for most people, including glaucoma patients. Patients with glaucoma, especially normal tension, or advanced disease, may be at risk of further optic nerve injury with the pressure fluctuations of strenuous exercise, and should have a personalised exercise plan with their ophthalmologist and health care team. 



Genetics promise personalised treatment to prevent glaucoma blindness

Glaucoma Australia welcomes the announcement that the Australian Government will be investing $9.46 million into genetics research aimed at preventing glaucoma blindness.


The clue is in your eyes: New research identifies conclusive link between Alzheimer’s and glaucoma

A new international study led by Australian researchers has provided a conclusive link between glaucoma and Alzheimer’s, with implications for earlier diagnosis and improved treatments for patients in the future.


Ganglion cell deaths can now be imaged in real time in glaucoma patients

A new imaging technique called Detection of Apoptosing Retinal Cells (DARC), could be the future tool for early detection of glaucoma.


Zinc chelation protects optic nerve and ganglion cells after injury

Removing excess zinc after optic nerve injury could protect ganglion cells and optic nerve in glaucoma.


GDF15: a new biomarker yields early detection of neurodegeneration in glaucoma

Is it possible to detect glaucoma even earlier? The answer is yes - by identifying molecular markers that predict or measure neurodegeneration in glaucoma.