Ginkgo biloba and its potential role in glaucoma

Jessica Minjy Kang, Shan Lin*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose of review This study will review the research on the effect of ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) on patients with glaucoma. Recent findings GBE appears to increase ocular blood flow in those with glaucoma. However, data on visual field outcomes are inconclusive. Summary GBE has been shown to have antioxidant and vascular effects, making it potentially effective in treating glaucoma. Published data are limited but show an increase in ocular blood flow after GBE administration. Conclusive evidence is lacking regarding the effect of GBE on clinical outcomes in glaucoma patients such as visual field performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-120
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent opinion in ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • complementary and alternative medicine
  • ginkgo
  • glaucoma
  • ocular blood flow
  • visual field

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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