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Glaucoma: A Patient's Guide to the Disease, Fourth Edition

Copyright Date: 2011
Pages: 152
  • Book Info
    Book Description:

    Essential information about glaucoma and its treatment is presented here in a simple question and answer format to allow patients to participate actively in the decision-making process along the road to successful maintenance of their vision.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-6196-7
    Subjects: Health Sciences

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-xviii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. xix-xx)
  4. I All about Glaucoma
    (pp. 1-24)

    Chronic open-angle glaucoma (also known as primary open-angle glaucoma) is a painless condition, often but not always associated with high pressure in the eye, which results in nerve damage and loss of vision. Normal pressure varies between 12 and 21 mmHg. Pressure is formed by fluid passing through the eye. This fluid, called the aqueous humour, is produced by a gland called the ciliary processes. The aqueous humour drains out of the eye through tissue in the front of the eye called the trabecular meshwork. The increased pressure causing glaucoma occurs when fluid flow through the eye’s drainage system is...

  5. II Tests for Glaucoma
    (pp. 25-34)

    If your glaucoma is well controlled, most ophthalmologists recommend twice-yearly eye exams.

    No. The tests include a pressure test of the eyes, a field of vision test (which tests peripheral vision), imaging tests, and an eye examination.

    Your ophthalmologist will dilate your pupils so that he or she can get a good look at the optic nerve at the back of the eyes. Careful examination of the optic nerve head will indicate to the ophthalmologist whether your glaucoma is well controlled. Although dilating drops cause blurred vision for up to 24 hours, the procedure will not in any way damage...

  6. III All about Treatment
    (pp. 35-76)

    Target pressure (IOP) is the pressure reading set by your specialist once glaucoma has been diagnosed. In mild glaucoma and normal pressure glaucoma the target reading is usually set about 30 per cent below a patient’s presenting pressure level. In severe disease we aim for a target level about 40 per cent below a patient’s presenting pressure level. Target pressures are reset as time goes by according to a patient’s treatment response.

    Take them as soon as you remember. In order to control your glaucoma, drops should be applied regularly, according to your doctor’s instructions.

    Certain eye drops can adversely...

    (pp. 77-84)
  8. IV Glaucoma Societies
    (pp. 85-86)

    The Glaucoma Research Society of Canada is an organization run by members of the public that depends on charitable donations to help fund research at academic institutions. Dr Trope is the founder member and Scientific Advisory Board director of this charity. Their address is:

    Glaucoma Research Society of Canada

    1929 Bayview Avenue, Suite 215E

    Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3E8

    (416) 260-4267, fax (416) 204-1939.

    The Glaucoma Research Foundation supports glaucoma research.

    251 Post St., Ste 600

    San Francisco, CA 94108

    (415) 986-3162, fax (415) 986-3763

    The Glaucoma Foundation

    80 Maiden Lane, Suite 700

    New York, NY 10038 USA


  9. Other Reference Materials
    (pp. 87-88)
  10. Glossary of Glaucoma Terms
    (pp. 89-97)