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Department of Ophthalmology News and Stories


Patient Care    Glaucoma

Series No. 2: Finding Solutions to Eye Drop Obstacles, From Aids to Novel Devices

While eye drops are often a helpful treatment mechanism that deliver necessary medications to the ocular surface, they can also present challenges for some patients.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date May 01, 2024
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Patient Care    Glaucoma    Dry Eye

Series No. 1: How Eye Drops are Used to Treat Ocular Health Conditions

The number of people in the United States using eye drops once or more per day increased nearly 10% from 2011 to 2020. Experts expect this number to continue growing as more Americans age and develop ocular conditions treated with eye drops.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date April 29, 2024
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Patient Care    Glaucoma

Healthy Lifestyle Changes To Help Fight Glaucoma

Being diagnosed with glaucoma is often a life-changing event. With no current cure, the disease, which results in damages to the optic nerve causing irreversible vision loss, is expected to affect up to 112 million people worldwide by 2040.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date January 16, 2024
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Research    Glaucoma    Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Can AI Reliably Diagnose Glaucoma?

Large language models (LLMs), such as ChatGPT, have skyrocketed in popularity in the last year due to their ability to utilize vast amounts of information, but could they be used to diagnose ocular disease?

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date November 07, 2023
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Innovation    Patient Care    Glaucoma

XEN Gel Stents: The Glaucoma Treatment Gaining Popularity

About once a month, Deidre St. Peter, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, performs a XEN Gel Stent surgery, implanting a tiny tube-like structure into the eye to reduce pressure and prevent vision loss associated with open-angle glaucoma.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date September 19, 2023
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Research    Advancement    Glaucoma

CU Ophthalmology Researchers Create Company to Advance Glaucoma Treatment

Ram Nagaraj, PhD, professor in the University of Colorado Department of Ophthalmology, envisions a future where ophthalmologists can prevent vision loss associated with glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the world.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date June 07, 2023
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Innovation    Clinical Research    Cataracts    Glaucoma

Drug Delivery Platform Developed by CU Ophthalmologist Shows Promise for Glaucoma Patients

A new drug delivery platform developed by Malik Y. Kahook, MD, professor of ophthalmology and the Slater Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, shows promise for the future of glaucoma care after six months of follow up in the first human study.  

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date April 11, 2023
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Awareness    Glaucoma    Diabetic retinopathy    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Improved Prevention and Screening is Vital for Diseases that Disproportionately Affect Black Americans

Although Black Americans are the second-largest minority population in the United States, they remain underrepresented in vision health research. They also carry the highest burden of eye disease ranging from general visual impairment to glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and blindness.

Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date February 06, 2023
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Patient Care    Advancement    Cataracts    Glaucoma

Artist Gives Back After Sight-Saving Surgery

Philip Tarlow’s inspiration to pursue art was sparked at an early age. He recalls a kindergarten teacher noticing his fascination with construction workers, which ultimately became the subject matter of his creations 30 years later. 

Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date April 13, 2022
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Research    Innovation    Glaucoma

Gliding Into a New Decade of Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Treatment

Procedures to alleviate eye pressure associated with blinding diseases such as glaucoma date back over a century. Although glaucoma, a condition that damages the eye’s optic nerve, allows for a number of treatment options prior to surgery, including drops and lasers, research has shown traditional surgical techniques could result in higher risks of vision complications, longer recovery times, and higher associated costs. Identifying this disconnect, Malik Y. Kahook, MD, professor of ophthalmology and the Slater Family Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, sought out a more accessible and practical solution to propel glaucoma treatment into the 21st century.

Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date January 31, 2022
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BrightFocus Foundation

BrightFocus Foundation Recognizes Innovators in Vision Research

news outletBrightFocus Foundation
Publish DateMay 09, 2024

Miguel Flores Bellver, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the CU School of Medicine, has been granted the Dr. Joe G. Hollyfield New Investigator Award for Macular Degeneration Research from the BrightFocus Foundation. The award is presented annually to the top-rated New Investigator Grant recipient for exceptionally promising and forward-thinking ideas in age-related macular degeneration.

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CU Anschutz News

Fulfilling a Dream: Ophthalmology Researcher Works to Restore People’s Vision

news outletCU Anschutz News
Publish DateMay 06, 2024

The latest episode of the Health Science Radio podcast explores the devoted passion of Department of Ophthalmology researcher Valeria Canto-Soler, PhD,  and her team to fulfill her long-held dream.

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Counsel and Heal

Here's How Stress Affects the Eyes

news outletCounsel and Heal
Publish DateApril 25, 2024

According to Darren Gregory, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, stress triggers elevated levels of inflammation in the body, which can worsen dry eye symptoms.

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Renowned Denver producer and photographer had to miss son’s wedding due to West Nile virus. His advice: protect yourself from mosquitos.

news outletUCHealth
Publish DateApril 16, 2024

According to Naresh Mandava, MD,  chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the West Nile virus is a neurotrophic virus which means it primarily affects the nervous system. For patients like Sonny Hutchison with immunosuppressed systems, it can lead to temporary or — in rare instances — permanent vision problems.

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