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National Glaucoma Research Program

Michael H Elliott, PhD

The term "glaucoma" refers to a group of  related eye disorders that have few symptoms in their early stages but that eventually result in damage to the optic nerve, which is the bundle of nerve fibers that carries information from the eye to the brain.

There are two main forms of glaucoma: open-angle (the most common form, affecting approximately 70 to 95 percent of individuals who have glaucoma) and angle-closure. Both of these can lead to loss of side vision and eventually to complete blindness. There are more than three million Americans living with glaucoma, and an estimated half of them may not know that they have the disease.

Everything you need to manage glaucoma

Program History

Since the National Glaucoma Research (NGR) program began in 1978, BrightFocus has awarded nearly $40 million to support research projects on the causes and potential prevention and treatment of this disease. NGR is currently supporting 42 biomedical research projects. 

Download the NGR Grants Yearbooks in PDF format and view our grantees:

Research We Have Funded

A few examples:

Learn more about the research we currently fund and the research we have funded over the years. 

Important Breakthroughs

Research results from BrightFocus-supported studies that could lead to breakthroughs in stopping glaucoma include:

With further research, these and other discoveries may lead to new treatments and ways of managing risk factors.

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