Recently, evidence has been accumulating to support the theory that cerebrospinal fluid pressure (CSFp) is also important in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) and normal-tension glaucoma (NTG), and the relationship has potential implications for clinical practice, said R. Rand Allingham, MD.
When I was a resident at the SUNY College of Optometry, I was asked a to conduct a few patient question and answer sessions regarding glaucoma. The sessions consisted of me sitting with a small group of patients, family members, or whoever wanted to know more about glaucoma.
Available evidence indicates that long-term IOP fluctuation is an important factor in glaucoma progression, said Joseph Caprioli, MD. Based on this information he encouraged ophthalmologists to consider IOP “modulation” rather than “reduction.”
Ben Gaddie, OD, FAAO, Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member, noted several specific areas that were advancing to give ODs better data and better control over patient health outcomes, including:
• Corneal mechanics
• 24-hour IOP monitoring
• New glaucoma drugs and drug delivery systems
• Advancements in OCT imaging