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Link: Glaucoma May Not Be The Disease You Think It Is

Posted by Amanda Dexter on September 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.


Glaucoma may not be the disease you think it is, growing evidence supports IOP, CSF pressure differential.

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quotes.png“We know that IOP matters in glaucoma, but perhaps the pressure differential across the cornea—which is what we measure in IOP—is only a surrogate for the pressure differential that really matters,” said John P. Berdahl, MD.

Read the full article from ophthalmologytimes.modernmedicine.com

Dr. Dexter's Take

We've all been taught that glaucoma is a multi-factorial disease in which intraocular pressure plays a significant role. We've also learned and observed that some patients can have elevated IOP and never develop glaucoma, and some people have consistently low IOP and continue to show progression of the disease. With that being said, it is clear that there are many unknowns in regards to the etiology and pathophysiology of glaucoma. This article suggests that we may have been ignoring the significance of the cerebrospinal fluid pressure in this disease. What do you think of this potential mechanism?! Very interesting! 

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