Recent News

  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 07:30

    A large family that was first described in the 1950s by Frey and Posner had dominantly inherited juvenile glaucoma. Descendants of the family seen by Dr. Harry Quigley at Wilmer Eye Institute also had early-onset glaucoma. A collaboration between Dr. Quigley and investigators at the University of Iowa (John Fingert and Edwin Stone) identified a myocilin mutation as the cause of glaucoma in this family, 70 years after it was first reported. Read more about it here.

  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 09:00

    Dr. Alward received the American Glaucoma Society’s highest honor, being named the Guest of Honor for the annual meeting. Here he is presented with the award by Dr. Erin Boese at the 2022 American Glaucoma Society meeting in Nashville, TN.

  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 10:00

    Many researchers use adenovirus to deliver transgenes to ocular tissues that are important in glaucoma (e.g. trabecular meshwork). This study shows that adenovirus vector causes biological changes to the eye that need to be carefully controlled and may confound research results. Read more about this work here:

  • Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 11:15

    Patients with cavitary optic disc anomaly (CODA) have deep excavation of their optic nerves that cannot be measured with standard imaging devices. In this report, Drs. Alawa, Fingert, and Sears show the utility of using swept-source OCT imaging in patients with CODA. Read more about this work in the January 2022 issue of Ophthalmology Glaucoma.

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 07:30

    The Glaucoma service is very pleased to announce that Dr. Sean Rivera will be joining our team as the Glaucoma Fellow in July of 2022. Dr. Rivera completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota and has been practicing as a comprehensive ophthalmologist for 6 years. He is pursuing his interest in glaucoma with fellowship training and we are thrilled to have him!

  • Monday, August 9, 2021 - 11:15

    In a report to Ophthalmology Glaucoma, Dr. Boese reported the first use of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (GATT) on a patient with glaucoma caused by a myocilin mutation. Read more about it here.

  • Monday, August 9, 2021 - 11:15

    The Fingert Lab and colleagues from the Faroe Islands and Denmark conducted a prospective study of the prevalence of glaucoma on the isolated population of the Faroe Islands located in the North Atlantic. The prevalence of open angle glaucoma in citizens over 40 years of age was 1.1% and highly age-related. Glaucoma patients were tested for disease-causing variants in known glaucoma-causing genes (MYOC, OPTN, TBK1), but none were detected, suggesting that a unique set of genes may cause glaucoma on the Faroe Islands.

  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 14:15

    A 2021 Ophthalmology Glaucoma article reported the 100 most impactful articles in clinical glaucoma care based on literature citations and polling American Glaucoma Society members. Ten of these articles included University of Iowa faculty members among the authors. Dr. Wallace Alward was an author on 8 of these articles. Dr. Hayreh was an author of 5 of these articles. Other Iowa authors include Mansour Armaly, Charles Phelps, Hansjoerg Kolder, Thomas Farrell, Edwin Stone, John Fingert, and Val Sheffield.

  • Friday, July 9, 2021 - 13:30

    Glaucoma Service faculty member, Assistant Professor Erin A. Boese, was selected as the 2020-2021 teacher of the year by University of Iowa medical students rotating through the eye department.

  • Friday, February 5, 2021 - 15:30

    Dr. Boese plays violin in a UI Health Care's PROJECT ART in a virtual performance of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. She is seated at the piano in the middle of the photo above (more to the upper left in the video of the whole group). Click on this link to hear the performance.