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Wednesday, 27 May 2009 09:06
Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the optic nerve, leading to visual field loss. Typically, it is a slowly progressive condition. Nowadays there are many treatments that slow progression significantly, so that visual field is preserved.

There are many many types of glaucoma, the commonest form is known as "Primary Open Angle Glaucoma" or POAG. If eye pressure is lowered effectively in this condition, then any visual field deterioration is usually halted.

Other types of glaucoma include:

secondary glaucoma eg pigmentary glaucoma
angle closure glaucoma
congenital glaucoma

Glaucoma treatments include: eye drops eg latanoprost, bimatoprost, travaprost, combination drops, laser eg SLT, iridotomy, and surgical options include trabeculectomy with mitomycin C.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 18 October 2009 11:48