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TITLE Co-Regulation of IOP and Vascular Risk Factors in Glaucoma Management
ABSTRACT: Optometrists have long considered high intraocular pressure (IOP) as the primary culprit in glaucomatous visual field loss, but recent investigations suggest that comprehensive glaucoma management should involve consideration of a wider range of known risk factors. Classically, management decisions have hinged upon IOP measurements, threshold visual field analyses, ophthalmoscopic optic nerve head evaluations, gonioscopy, and family history. Currently, clinicians may have access to additional data such as digital optic nerve head analysis, pachymetry and ocular blood flow analysis, which can enrich and support the quality of information used to develop treatment plans. This course will focus on the role of ocular hemodynamics in the pathogenesis and management of glaucoma. It will present arguments that support of ocular ischemia as a factor in glaucoma etiology. It will also describe methods for clinically evaluating ocular blood flow, and present a rational for the clinical application of blood flow data in the early diagnosis of glaucoma.  Author(s): Elliot M. Kirstein, OD, FAAO
Company: Pacific University
Expire Date: 04/01/2006
CE Credits: 3
Price: $59.00
CE Format: Online text/photos
COPE ID: 9035-GL




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