The UK Biobank is a major research resource for the UK. Between 2006 and 2010, data was gathered on over 502,000 people, the majority aged between 40 and 69 years. Of these, 117,649 people shared data on their eyes and vision.
The Biobank is now a powerful resource to help scientists discover why some people develop particular diseases and others do not.
Supported by Moorfields Eye Charity, Moorfields consultant ophthalmologist Professor Paul Foster is using this data as part of a programme of research aimed at providing greater understanding on the development and progression of major eye diseases. By combining ophthalmic information with lifestyle, genetic and biochemical datasets, Professor Foster aims to identify new risk factors for glaucoma which can then be targeted for treatment.