PROFESSOR SIR PENG TEE KHAW



Director of Research and Development at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw is a globally renowned eye expert who was recently awarded a knighthood for services to ophthalmology.

He specialises in glaucoma surgery for both paediatric and complex adult cases, and has worked at Moorfields since 1987, becoming a professor in 1998. During his distinguished career, Prof. Khaw has taken on a number of director and academic roles, and until recently was the president of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), which is the largest vision research organisation in the world. Professor Khaw has helped thousands of patients over his 25-year career, pioneering treatments that are today standard practice around the world. Such treatments include the development of surgical techniques that have dramatically reduced scarring in glaucoma surgery – which has improved the lives of countless number of children he has treated.

In 2007 he was instrumental in opening the Richard Desmond Children's Eye Centre, which is the world's largest eye hospital dedicated just for children. In The Times Top Children's Doctors list, Professor Khaw was named as one of the leading lights, and he has also published more than 350 academic papers, studies and books, still finding time to raise more than €100 million for eye research programmes.

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Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw and his team have broken new ground in researching the basic biology of healing. Diagnosis and initial surgical treatment of glaucoma is quite well advanced, but it is the problems that occur after surgery that tends to cause most discomfort for the patient, and which also create the majority of follow-up complications.

The research team at Moorfields are attempting to develop new treatments designed to not only reduce the incidence of scarring during surgery, but to prevent it occurring altogether. They have designed a new application using intra-operative antimetabolites, which in trials has demonstrated an ability to control scarring while lowering pressure on the eye. Professor Khaw's 'Moorfields Safer Surgery System', meanwhile, is a surgical technique that has been adopted around the world thanks to the 75% reduction in antimetabolite bleb complication it has achieved.

One of the more recent trials at Moorfields was with detachment surgery. The new technique resulted in a drastic reduction in post-operative retinal scarring which, coupled with new anti-scarring treatments based on advanced biotechnology, promises to vastly improve post-op recovery in patients.

Another breakthrough was the application of an MMP enzyme modulation that was proven to prevent scarring in the conjunctiva, lens capsule, retina and cornea. This process won a UK Simfonec Business Plan challenge, which has enabled the team to develop this treatment for human use.

The inspiration, innovation and energy of Moorfield Eye Hospital's researchers cannot be faulted. They are forever pushing the boundaries of what is possible, forcing rewrites of medical journals with every breakthrough.




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SUNRISE K FOUNDATION 2013

Raising awareness about childhood glaucoma. Sunrise K' Foundation – a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness about childhood glaucoma, one of the leading causes of childhood blindness. Working with Moorfields Eye Charity – the charity that supports London’s acclaimed Moorfields Eye Hospital - and world-renowned glaucoma expert Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw, the Sunrise K' Foundation's mission is to support research dedicated to finding a cure for this debilitating disease.

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