Introduction to metabolomics and its applications in ophthalmology

Eye (Lond). 2016 Jun;30(6):773-83. doi: 10.1038/eye.2016.37. Epub 2016 Mar 18.


Metabolomics is the study of endogenous and exogenous metabolites in biological systems, which aims to provide comparative semi-quantitative information about all metabolites in the system. Metabolomics is an emerging and potentially powerful tool in ophthalmology research. It is therefore important for health professionals and researchers involved in the speciality to understand the basic principles of metabolomics experiments. This article provides an overview of the experimental workflow and examples of its use in ophthalmology research from the study of disease metabolism and pathogenesis to identification of biomarkers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers
  • Biomedical Research*
  • Humans
  • Metabolomics / methods*
  • Ophthalmology / methods*


  • Biomarkers