Current research on angiogenesis being conducted by Dr. Reza Dana includes studying treatments for Corneal Neovascularization.
Corneal neovascularization (abnormal growth of blood vessels) can compromise your vision. Corneal neovascularization is a result of numerous diseases of the cornea such as inflammation, infection, degeneration, trauma, or corneal stem cell deficiency. This major ocular complication can lead to corneal scarring, edema, lipid deposition, and inflammation that may significantly alter visual acuity. In addition, it worsens the prognosis of subsequent corneal transplant, a treatment that many patients with severe corneal disease may ultimately need.
Common treatments for corneal neovascularization include medications such as steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, laser photocoagulation, fine-needle diathermy, photodynamic therapy or restoration of the ocular surface with the use of conjunctival, limbal or amniotic membrane transplantation.