Friday, June 02, 2006

Section 4-A: Introduction. Types of Glaucoma

The diagnosis of glaucoma has different implications for patients depending on the type of glaucoma diagnosed. Those with suspicious findings for glaucoma are called glaucoma suspects. These patients need to be watched carefully for the development of glaucoma. Crossing the line between being a suspect to actually being diagnosed with the disease depends on the development of optic nerve cupping with corresponding visual field loss. There are two categories of glaucoma when the diagnosis is made: open-angle and angle closure. Different risk factors and treatments exist for each type (this will be covered in more depth in Chapter 5).


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