Statement of Need
Glaucoma, a group of ocular diseases characterized by progressive damage to the optic nerve, is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide, affecting a significant and growing portion of the US population.1,2
Much remains to be understood about the pathophysiology of glaucoma, but high intraocular pressure (IOP) has been identified as a key risk factor for progression. Medical and surgical therapies for the disease are primarily directed at reducing IOP.
Recent years have seen significant innovation in the treatment of glaucoma, including gentler and more effective topical drugs, less invasive surgical techniques, and new molecules and mechanisms of action. As pharmaceutical and surgical treatments for glaucoma rapidly advance—and as research continues to provide insights about the disease’s neurologic underpinnings—comprehensive ophthalmologists are challenged to remain up-to-date.
To give their glaucoma patients the full benefit of treatment advances, clinicians require clear, actionable insights from subspecialists and researchers. Topics in Glaucoma will present current research in the context of comprehensive care, providing non-specialists with clearly presented, evidence-based clinical judgments from experts in the field.
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- Eye Diseases Prevalence Research Group. Prevalence of open-angle glaucoma among adults in the United States. Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122:532-8.
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