New Knowledge About What Causes Glaucoma

A doctor performing an eye exam.


Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases united under one name. Ultimately, glaucoma threatens sight by damaging the optic nerve, at the back of the eye which carries light signals from the eye to the brain. However, our knowledge of how and when glaucoma damages nerve cells remains imprecise.

Glaucoma is mostly linked to chronic fluid pressure increases inside the eye, referred to as elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), which may be caused by the eye’s inability to drain properly.

Besides IOP increases, there most likely are other factors that lead to glaucoma.

BrightFocus is funding studies on genetics, more sensitive methods to study onset of glaucoma, as well as projects to develop pioneering research models to further understand glaucoma. New understanding will lead to new therapies.