Maria Kugelberg´s research group

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Cataract

This research group consists of 19 specialists at St. Erik Eye Hospital. Research group leader is Maria Kugelberg.

Group Cataract is not only conducting research about cataract but also about pediatric eye diseases, ophthalmic findings at Marfan´s syndrome and glaucoma.

We are conducting research about different intraocular lenses implanted in the eye at cataract surgery in order to improve the quality of the surgery and the results after cataract surgery. We are also using data from the Swedish national cataract registry for these purposes.

After cataract surgery the eye often develops postoperative inflammation, this is usually treated with eye drops. We have just started studies of a new eye medication that might simplify this treatment. This is advantageous as many of the cataract patients are old and they have difficulties in using eye drops.

Children having visual impairment in one eye due to refractive error or strabismus might have to cover the healthy eye in order to strengthen the weak eye. We are conducting research as to how long time and how much the children have to be treated.

Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis might develop an eye inflammation called uveitis. Unfortunately this is painless for these children, which means that the disease can have progressed a lot before it is discovered. Great damage may already have occurred in the eye which can cause visual impairment for life. These children are therefore screened on a regular basis of an eye doctor, if uveitis is discovered it is often difficult to treat. In one of our projects we are studying these patients, how they react to different treatments etc., and we are also expanding the pediatric rheumatology registry with an eye section which makes it easier to follow the uveitis activity over time.

Patients with Marfan´s syndrome often suffer from eye problems in the sense that the crystalline lens gets askew; we are studying this eye problem together with other eye findings that these patients might suffer from. The group is also conducting research regarding glaucoma in adults and children. We are, among other things, looking at the effect of different treatments.

Research Projects

  •     Cataract
  •     Refractive surgery
  •     Child eye diseases
  •     Eye findings in Marfan syndrome
  •     Glaucoma
  •     Cornea

Selected Publications

Measuring corneal hysteresis: threshold estimation of the waveform score from the Ocular Response Analyzer.
Ayala M, Chen E
Graefes Arch. Clin. Exp. Ophthalmol. 2012 Dec;250(12):1803-6

Measuring corneal hysteresis: threshold estimation of the waveform score from the Ocular Response Analyzer.
Ayala M, Chen E
Graefes Arch. Clin. Exp. Ophthalmol. 2012 Dec;250(12):1803-6

Study of possible predictors associated with self-assessed visual function after cataract surgery.
Rönbeck M, Lundström M, Kugelberg M
Ophthalmology 2011 Sep;118(9):1732-8

Increased risk of cataract among 28,000 patients with celiac disease.
Mollazadegan K, Kugelberg M, Lindblad B, Ludvigsson J
Am. J. Epidemiol. 2011 Jul;174(2):195-202

Randomized evaluation of spectacles plus alternate-day occlusion to treat amblyopia.
Agervi P, Kugelberg U, Kugelberg M, Simonsson G, Fornander M, Zetterström C
Ophthalmology 2010 Feb;117(2):381-7

Group members

Enping ChenAssociated
Sara De LimaGraduate Student
Mario A. EconomouAssociated
Magnus GrimforsGraduate Student
Rafael KasinaGraduate Student
Maria KugelbergResearch team leader, Adjunct professor
Laurence QueratGraduate Student
Behrad SamadiGraduate Student
Anna WiklundGraduate Student
Charlotta ZetterströmAdjunct professor

Ophthalmology