Entries by Professor Anthony Khawaja

Commonly asked questions about tube shunt surgery

Tube shunt surgery is a common surgical approach to treating glaucoma. The procedure aims to reduce the eye pressure to help prevent further loss of vision from glaucoma. What is tube shunt surgery? Tube shunt surgery involves placing a small tube implant in the eye. This tube, less than 1mm in diameter, connects the front […]

Commonly asked questions about trabeculectomy

Trabeculectomy is a traditional eye surgery approach to treating glaucoma. The procedure aims to lower the eye pressure to help prevent your glaucoma worsening and further loss of vision. Why, and when, do I need trabeculectomy? Because there are some risks associated with surgery, trabeculectomy is reserved for people who are at high risk of […]

SLT is effective even when already using drops

The American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting often showcases exciting new research that is of relevance to patients. In this year’s meeting, Professor Khawaja was particularly interested in a study presented on Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), a common initial treatment for glaucoma and ocular hypertension, which has been shown to be almost as effective when […]

Advances in technology for testing field of vision in glaucoma

Professor Anthony Khawaja attended the American Academy of Ophthalmology in San Francisco, where he attended the launch of a new glaucoma visual field device from Topcon healthcare, called TEMPO™. After a hands-on trial of the device, Professor Khawaja is delighted to share his positive experience, comparing it with the current standard in the UK, the […]

First new glaucoma treatment in 25 years showing promise

A new glaucoma treatment has recently been launched by Santen, and so far it is showing promising results. Roclanda, is the first new treatment for glaucoma in the UK for 25 years. An exciting development in glaucoma care, this new treatment option could help save the sight of many thousands living with this serious eye […]

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Professor Anthony Khawaja is guest speaker at Swedish Ophthalmology Society Conference

Professor Anthony Khawaja recently attended the annual Swedish Ophthalmology Society conference in Uddevalla as an International expert guest speaker. Representing UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, he presented on ‘Genetics and Personalised Medicine in Glaucoma’. Focusing on the Swedish ‘Fika’ (coffee and sweet pastry) rituals and high caffeine consumption per capita […]

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Some blood pressure drugs may increase glaucoma risk

Mr Anthony Khawaja is President of the European Eye Epidemiology (E3) consortium, which promotes the sharing of knowledge and research between 31 groups originating from 13 different European countries. They recently published their most recent research in the sector-leading Ophthalmology journal on the association of common systemic medications with glaucoma and intraocular pressure (IOP). The study found that calcium […]

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Is genotyping the answer to improving glaucoma management?

This article was originally written by Mr Anthony Khawaja for The Ophthalmologist. Although glaucoma can cause irreversible, irreparable damage to vision, treatment can slow or halt disease progression, so early detection is important. Unfortunately, our current screening tests – if applied to a general population – don’t work well enough; as a result, population screening […]

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The need for precision management in glaucoma moves field forward

This article was originally written for Ophthalmology Times by Caroline Richards. Genotyping and artificial intelligence are together starting to predict the progression of glaucoma in individual patients, sparing them from suboptimal treatments and adverse effects. Recent research efforts are exploring modifiable risk factors such as caffeine consumption. I have previously interviewed glaucoma specialist Anthony Khawaja, PhD, […]

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Three cups of coffee a day increases glaucoma risk

This article was originally written for Optometry Today. Study finds high coffee intake increases odds of developing glaucoma among patients with genetic predisposition towards elevated eye pressure Researchers have published new findings connecting coffee intake to glaucoma among patients with a family history of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). The study, which was published in Ophthalmology, […]