As general practitioners, all primary care optometrists will encounter glaucoma at some point while practicing the medical model of eye care. At this time, there is no definitive cure for glaucoma; however, when caught early in the disease process, most practitioners are able to preserve their patients’ vision and quality of life. For a general practitioner, comfort and competence in glaucoma management is key.
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This ebook by Kevin Cornwell, OD, serves as an introduction to glaucoma management for the primary care OD.
In this 15 page guide, you’ll find a handy reference to:
- The pathophysiology of glaucoma
- Crucial steps when making a diagnosis
- Guidelines for setting treatment goals
- Tips on improving patient compliance
- And other key advice!
Why glaucoma management matters for primary care ODs
The glaucomas are a class of ocular disease characterized by progressive optic nerve degeneration with subsequent loss in retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). It is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, affecting over 60 million people. As primary eye care providers on the front lines of ocular disease management, it is important for us to have an arsenal of management strategies at our disposal.
By having a thorough understanding of glaucoma’s pathophysiology and various treatment options, we are able to provide better education and treatment options for our patients. In this article we will dive a bit deeper into addressing a patient’s risk factors and specifically tailoring their treatment plan.
Download the ebook to get the following reference tables:
- Evidence-based risk factors for the development of open-angle glaucoma
- Commonly prescribed eye drops in medical glaucoma treatment and management
- Summary of major glaucoma treatment trials
Treating glaucoma can be a challenging but rewarding experience for both the practitioner and patient. Offering to manage and treat glaucoma can also be an excellent practice builder. With a thorough work up and systematic approach, your patients with POAG or at risk for developing glaucoma will greatly benefit from your expertise as their primary eye care provider.