WVU Eye Institute Professor Garners NIH-Funded Glaucoma Grant

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Tony Realini, M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology and glaucoma specialist at the West Virginia University  Eye Institute, has secured grant funding for a one-year study, “Diurnal Intraocular Pressure Variability Assessment,” from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health to determine how eye pressure changes over time in people with and without glaucoma.

Dr. Realini plans to enroll 50 patients with glaucoma in both eyes who are being treated with eye drops or laser therapy but who have never had glaucoma surgery, along with 50 people who do not have glaucoma. Spouses of glaucoma patients may be used in the normal group. 

Individuals of both groups commit to only five exam days over the one-year period. They will have their eye pressure measured every two hours during a 12-hour day at the Institute from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The visits will be scheduled as follows: the first exam day, a week later, a month later, six months later and 12 months later.

Participants will get free meals and enjoy entertainment during their day at the Institute, in addition to receiving important eye care health education.

The study is open to all eligible subjects, even to those who receive their glaucoma care from a physician outside the Institute. Glaucoma patients receiving care from non-WVU doctors do not need to transfer their care to the WVU Eye Institute. Participating in the study will not replace their routine glaucoma care with their eye doctor.

Dr. Realini and his research team will share the participants’ eye pressure data collected throughout the study with the patients’ physicians.

“Patients with glaucoma stand to benefit significantly from participating in this important study,” Dr. Realini said. “Sharing this data will give the treating physician more information than could ever be obtained by routine clinical care, and will allow the doctor to adjust treatment to best control the patient’s glaucoma.”

To be considered for this study, please contact Jo Anna Amos-Realini, WVU Eye Institute clinical research coordinator at (304) 598-6931; or e-mail realinij@wvuh.com.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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