GATE(Glaucoma Automated Tests Evaluation)

Approximately 4000 people are registered either blind or partially sighted each year because of glaucoma in the UK.  Many more people have glaucoma not severe enough to be registered, but severe enough to reduce vision and quality of life.
Diagnosis of glaucoma is challenging for health professionals and many people are incorrectly diagnosed as having glaucoma by community optometrists. In fact, only 20-30% of those referred from optometric services have glaucoma and 45% of patients are discharged after their first visit.  Secondary care services are very busy (accounting for nearly 10% of all outpatient attendances to the NHS) and glaucoma is a major part of the workload of any eye unit. The referral of so many healthy subjects (less than 1/3 of referrals) is a waste of resources and causes unnecessary worry and distress to the patient. New diagnostic tests are available and are easy to perform.

They are based on imaging the posterior part (fundus) of the eye where glaucoma damage can be observed. However, how well such tests perform and which is the best test to use is uncertain. This project will evaluate the performance of three new such tests to prioritise patients referred for possible glaucoma.

This project is now completed.  If you would like further information about this and other research studies within HSRU can be found here

This project was funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme (project number 09/22/111)



For further information about the GATE study please contact: 

Chief Investigator: Professor Augusto Azuara-Blanco, Professor of Ophthalmology, Queen's University Belfast.

or Dr Katie Banister on 01224 438092   Thank you.




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