Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Royal College of Ophthalmologists and IGA research grant 2019

We are pleased to announce that a research grant of £99,960 has been awarded to Dr Victor Hu for his project 'Detecting glaucoma using a combination of low-cost, portable and easy to use tests'.

Victor, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will be working on a 24-month project to develop a low-cost, portable glaucoma detection system which can be easily performed, and has good reliability as well as patient satisfaction.

Participants will undergo 3 eye tests each. The first test carried out will be the Eyecatcher field test, performed using a tablet or laptop with an eye-tracker device. The second test will be optic disc photographs, taken using a hand-held fundus camera with a smart phone attached and the third test will evaluate contrast sensitivity, which will be performed using the same device as the Eyecatcher field tester.

The study will be based in two sites, one at Leighton hospital in the UK, and the other at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania. Around 400 participants will be recruited over 12 months in the two sites, including a range from advanced glaucoma to healthy eyes.