Project Description

Since June 2011
Professor in Ophthalmology
Head of the Glaucoma Unit,
1st University Department of Ophthalmology

Since June 2013
Chairman of the 3rd University Department of Ophthalmology, Hippokration Hospital, Thessaloniki

Since my first days in ophthalmology I have developed a special interest in the field of glaucoma. Specifically, I have focused my research endeavours in the basic scientific, clinical and surgical aspects of exfoliation glaucoma, a significant cause of blindness in Greece. My MD thesis in 1989 and my PhD thesis in 1993 have focused upon innovative research on this glaucoma. I also conducted morphological and biochemical studies on the aqueous composition, outflow system and the extracellular matrix of the eye. Following my training in the UK, I have returned in 1993 to establish and head the glaucoma service in the 1st University Department of Ophthalmology, Thessaloniki, Greece. I have developed an integrated glaucoma service, which not only provides comprehensive clinical and surgical care to a large cohort of glaucoma patients, but also is geared towards innovative clinical research on medical therapy, a field of clinical research that has not been sufficiently addressed in Greece. Over the last 15 years I have encouraged, developed and participated in numerous collaborative research efforts focusing on the study of open-angle glaucoma (exfoliative and primary-open angle glaucoma). Consequently, I have been actively involved in many studies investigating the efficacy of the newer antiglaucoma medications. Furthermore, over the last 10 years I have carried out more than 30 prospective studies investigating the 24-hour IOP response of all treatment options in glaucoma. Other clinical and research interests comprise evaluating and improving adherence with medical therapy, assessing the efficacy and role of fixed combinations in glaucoma and investigating the ocular surface in glaucoma patients treated with preserved and preservative-free medications.