Fight for Sight funds glaucoma device development
Author: Zoe Wickens
Fight for Sight has funded the development of an organ-on-a-chip device that can be used to help investigate glaucoma.
Dr Darryl Overby and Dr Sam Au from Imperial College London will work with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University to develop a device to mimic the fluid flow as it drains from the eye. This will help researchers to better understand how to lower increased eye pressure, which is a symptom of glaucoma.
Director of research, policy and innovation at Fight for Sight Dr Neil Ebenezer said: ‘We’re excited to fund the development of a bioengineered organ on a chip which can recreate a whole lab on a device the size of a matchbox – this opens the door to testing aspects of glaucoma and other eye disease that have previously been difficult to investigate and could offer solutions for this leading cause of sight loss.’