AURORA, Colo.– Galaxy Ophthalmics and CU have completed an exclusive option agreement to allow the company to commercialize an implantable medical device to help prevent loss of vision resulting from glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that result in damage to the optic nerve; typically, this damage is caused by high pressure in the fluid inside the high (intraocular pressure, IOP). As it progresses, glaucoma can lead to loss of vision and eventually to permanent blindness. With over 2.2 million sufferers in the U.S. (and more than 60 million worldwide) glaucoma is the second leading cause of irreversible blindness.
Glaucoma treatment aims to reduce intraocular pressure using topical medications, laser treatments and surgery; for patients with advanced disease, filtering surgeries (aqueous shunting or trabeculectomy) are often used to help the eye’s inner fluid (the aqueous humor) drain, preventing loss of vision. While valuable, these surgical techniques are largely all-or-nothing, providing few ways for surgeons to customize the drainage rate; by five years post-surgery, they have a 50% failure rate.