When clinicians approach the management of a patient with an ailment, it is often the provider's working assumption that the 'standard of care' for the treatment of this condition actually benefits the patient. Preferably, there also exists sound scientific evidence to support this. Until relatively recently, there was a dearth of quality scientific inquiry into the effects of treatment of various diseases including open angle glaucoma. In fact, there were several published studies that strongly suggested that, treated or not, patients with open angle glaucoma get worse over time. So what is the point in treating this condition?
Recent evidence has shed light on this issue but, as often is the case in science, it asks as many questions as it answers. The following is a synopsis of two major scientific studies of open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension. These studies were intended to assist us in our clinical decision-making and to further explore the natural history, risk factors and treatments of open angle glaucoma.
Mitchell W. Dul, OD, MS, FAAO
Company: SUNY College of Optometry
Release Date: Unknown
CE Credits: 2
CE Format: Online text/photos