News and notices. May 05, 2014

Detecting possible glaucoma with only limited equipment: a crucial first step

End-stage glaucoma. © Heiko Philippin
End-stage glaucoma. © Heiko Philippin

Glaucoma causes irreversible visual loss and must be detected as early as possible. It is therefore vital that all health care professionals are aware of glaucoma when they encounter patients who are most at risk.

There is no single test which can detect glaucoma; the key is to perform a basic eye assessment and to combine all findings to identify people who would benefit from a more comprehensive examination. In some clinics, particularly at primary level, there is often only limited equipment available. However, by conducting the basic eye assessment described in this article, it will be possible to pick up important clues that suggest a patient is at high risk of glaucoma.

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