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The Glaucoma Foundation Announces A New Focus on Exfoliation Syndrome

August 21st, 2013

eye with glaucomaimagesThe Glaucoma Foundation  announced recently that they have sharpened their  focus on coming up with a cure for exfoliation syndrome or XFS, which is the leading cause of open angle glaucoma and the most important cause of complications during routine cataract surgery.  Exfoliation syndrome is a systemic age-related disease, identified by the production and gathering of a whitish material in both ocular and non-ocular tissue. Exfoliation Syndrome affects approximately 80 million people worldwide. 

Since its founding by Dr. Robert Ritch in 1984, The Glaucoma Foundation (TGF) has been funding groundbreaking glaucoma research, primarily in the areas of neuroprotection and genetics, providing a platform for large research projects now led by the National Institutes of Health as well as the pharmaceutical industry.    The Glaucoma Foundation is now concentrating a good part of its substantial resourses on a finding a cure and states that  “TGF believes that it is time to direct our research efforts toward curing the various glaucomas, with the present focus on exfoliation syndrome,” says TGF president Scott Christensen. “All our efforts, including our prestigious Annual Think Tank and our research grant program, will be consistent with that goal.”

 

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