TestsforprimaryopenangleglaucomaPOAG_EY - Learning Issue...

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Learning Issue Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) Patients with glaucoma have an increased intraocular pressure (IOP) above 21 mm Hg; however, 25 to 50 percent of those with glaucoma have normal IOP measurements Checking the intraocular pressure alone (tonometry) is not enough to diagnose glaucoma because eye pressure changes. Tests to diagnose glaucoma include (besides tonometry) Gonioscopy ***Not present in primary care facilities (use of a special lens to see the outflow channels of the angle) rule out angle-closure or secondary causes of IOP elevation, such as angle recession or pigmentary glaucoma Pupillary reflex response- The pupil size should be documented at each testing session, as constriction can reduce retinal sensitivity and mimic progressive field loss. Retinal examination. Degenerative changes in the optic disc are characteristic of POAG. A dilated eye examination with direct ophthalmoscopy. Slit lamp examination ***Not usually present in primary care facility
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PAS 600 - 601 taught by Professor Garrubba during the Fall '10 term at Chatham University.

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