Driving research towards a glaucoma breakthrough

Professor Morgan and his team at Cardiff University are studying the extent to which the immune system can accelerate the damage to retinal cells that connect the eye to the brain.

Professor Morgan said:

“Through our research, we’re gaining a vital understanding of some of the things we can do to reduce the damage in glaucoma. We want to stabilise people at the point where they might go on to lose sight. That way, they can go on living their lives independently for as long as possible.”

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Watch Professor Morgan's video below to find out more about his research.

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Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the UK, affecting around 500,000 people, and the world’s second leading cause of blindness. Damage to the optic nerve (which transfers visual information from the retina to the brain) causes loss of vision. If detected early, it can be managed but most people develop glaucoma gradually without showing symptoms – the optic nerve sustains injury and irreversible sight loss takes place.

However, with his research into protecting the optic nerve, Professor James Morgan is close to reaching a point where we can prevent people with glaucoma from starting to lose their sight.

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Due to the impact of the first lockdown and subsequent restrictive measures, as many as 26 Fight for Sight funded research projects need help with unexpected costs caused by the pandemic. Many researchers weren’t able to get into their labs at all, or not as often due to social distancing. Others now need to replace consumables such as cell lines, which could not be properly maintained during those difficult times. Fight for Sight is committed to putting additional funding towards these projects so that vital work can be completed.

It’s only because of our generous supporters that we can carry on this vital work in these challenging times. Please give a gift today and, with your continued belief and commitment to research, we can transform the lives of people with glaucoma and other sight loss conditions.

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