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Primary Open Angle Glaucoma | Protective Effect of Phenytoin on Glaucoma

Primary Open Angle Glaucoma research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

since glaucoma is considered an optic neuropathy, new treatments for glaucoma are being continuously investigated, including neuroprotection. Previous studies implied that phenytoin, a potent anti-convulsive drug, has a neuroprotective role, and Na+ channels blockage was suggested as a possible mechanism. This study predicts that glaucoma patients taking Phenytoin will have a less advanced glaucoma as compared to patients not taking the drug. Glaucoma severity will be determined by visual acuity, visual fields, optic disc cupping and nerve fiber layer thickness

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Clinical diagnosis of glaucoma - chronic treatment with phenytoin for any indication Exclusion Criteria: - pregnancy - visual acuity less then 6/60

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

Secondary Open Angle Glaucoma

Narrow-Angle Glaucomas

Normal Tension Glaucoma

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

1glaucoma patients who also suffer from epileptic disorder and receiving chronic oral Phenytoin treatment

2glaucoma patients who also suffer from epileptic disorder receiving anti-convulsant treatment other then Phenytoin

3glaucoma patients with no epileptic disorder and not receiving anti-convulsant treatment

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: November 2008

Completed Date: December 2010

Phase:

Type: Observational

Design:

Primary Outcome: peripapillary RNFL thickness

Secondary Outcome: corrected pattern standard deviation in perimetric visual field

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Omer Y Bialer, MD

Lead Sponsor: Rabin Medical Center

Collaborator:

More information:https://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00739154

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