The GLAUrious project is clinically testing and validating the novel External Automatic Glaucoma Laser (EAGLE) device developed and patented by BELKIN Laser Ltd with the goal of providing accessible first-line treatment for glaucoma.
Current first-line treatment requires life-long daily eye drops, a strict regimen causing 50% patient dropout after 1 year. Laser treatment for glaucoma (Laser Trabeculoplasty, LTP) has been in use for many years. Its effect lasts for 2−5 years and is repeatable. This traditional 10-minute procedure, involving contact with the patient’s eye, requires the expertise of glaucoma specialists. Consequently, costs are high and accessibility to the general population is low. The novel EAGLE procedure is automated, non-invasive, non-contact, painless and user friendly, 1-second of treatment by one press of a button. This revolutionary cost-effective device could be safely used by all the world’s 212,000 ophthalmologists and other eye care providers, thus becoming a primary treatment for glaucoma, overcoming serious problems of eye drop non-compliance and non-availability, thus effectively preventing disease deterioration. GLAUrious project aims to facilitate commercialization of the EAGLE device by securing clinical prototype validation, streamlining industrial production, optimizing component costs, disseminating to key opinion leaders and distributors, and refining commercial strategy. Validation of EAGLE will allow its commercialization, enabling penetration of the ophthalmic market and boosting of the industrial consortium partners (BELKIN Laser and Medical Consulting & Investment Company). The multidisciplinary GLAUrious Consortium, with its four partners Belgium, Italy, UK and Israel, incorporates two SMEs and two academic hospitals.