West Yorkshire NHS to study corrective eye surgery | 12.03.2010
The Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust is embarking on a major new study into the benefits and shortfalls of different corrective eye surgery
Patients in West Yorkshire are helping specialists at the trust delve into the treatment of glaucoma - including alternatives to laser eye surgery
It is believed that the pioneering research will offer key insights into the incidence and progression of the degenerative condition, which causes irreversible blindness, but also into the efficacy of laser surgery options and alternative vision correction
The trust is just one of 16 institutions taking part in the new Effectiveness of Cataract Extraction in Angle-closure Glaucoma study, which is being led by researchers from the University of Aberdeen.
It is hoped that the research will clarify whether a radical new corrective eye surgery
technique, which involves replacing a patient's eye lens with a synthetic alternative is better than corrective laser surgery
or active eye drops.
Consultant ophthalmologist at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Mr Nitin Anand, said: "The results will give us valuable information about the treatment of glaucoma, and I would like to thank all patients involved in the trials."
The trust's medical director Dr Yvette Oade said: "Taking part in the trials is a great endorsement of Mr Anand's renowned expertise in glaucoma and the excellent reputation of our ophthalmology department."
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust's announcement of its participation in the corrective eye surgery
study coincides with World Glaucoma Day, which is being used to promote the benefits of early detection and treatment of the condition.
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Written by Will Stevenson
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