Purpose of study:
The purpose of this study is to examine the microscopic structure of the nerve fiber layer in individuals with glaucoma.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is defined by the Glaucoma Research Foundation as a series of conditions characterized by a particular form of optic nerve damage that is often, but not always, associated with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). There are many different types of glaucoma, including open-angle glaucoma, congenital glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma, normal-tension glaucoma and others. Open-angle glaucoma is the most common, and may also be referred to as primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) or chronic glaucoma.
What is involved?
This non-invasive imaging study may include one or more visits to the Eye Institute. Research volunteers will be asked to complete an ocular health questionnaire and a series of vision tests. In addition, we will use various imaging devices to take pictures of the eye - including optical coherence tomography (OCT), fundus photography, and adaptive optics retinal imaging. At least one eye will be dilated during the visit. There is no direct health benefit to research volunteers. Each visit typically takes about 3 hours.
Research volunteers will receive $15 per hour for their time here.
Additional information about the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program can be found here.
IRB Approval: PRO00017439, 5/28/2013