Priorities for Retinal Vascular Disease research

At a workshop held on 28 May 2013 attended by patients and eye health professionals the following top 10 priorities for retinal vascular disease research were identified:


  1. What are the best methods to prevent retinopathy of prematurity?
  2. How can sight loss from diabetic retinal changes be prevented and reduced?
  3. What are the predictive factors for the progression to sight threatening diabetic eye disease?
  4. Is there a way to improve screening of premature babies for retinopathy of prematurity?
  5. Can an effective long lasting treatment for diabetic macular oedema, both ischaemic and non-ischaemic, be developed?
  6. Can a retinal vein occlusion be predicted and prevented?
  7. Can new non-invasive treatments be developed to slow down the progression of diabetic retinopathy?
  8. What are the barriers that prevent diabetic patients having regular eye checks?
  9. What rehabilitation programmes are best for the management of distorted vision from retinal diseases?
  10. What is the efficacy and safety of anti-VEGF agents in the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity?