Early detection 'improves glaucoma outcome'

Posted on 06 October 2011

Glaucoma, which causes deterioration of eyesight, is a common illness among people paying for care.

However, early detection and diagnosis of open angle glaucoma could improve treatment, according to research published in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics.

A team of US researchers have compiled risk factors for the condition in order to facilitate earlier diagnosis of the condition.

These include the risk of age, being a smoker, visual 'field test' results, eye problems and other factors.

Risk was seen to increase by three per cent annually, making age a significant risk factor in the development of glaucoma.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of the condition and develops very slowly, but also causes the most damage.

Unless a patient undergoes regular screening for the condition from the age of 40 years, it is difficult to detect until substantial damage has already been done.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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