Navigation Links
Frequent Tests Help Track Progression of Glaucoma, Study Finds
Date:8/8/2011

MONDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Frequent visual field testing may help doctors detect progression of the eye disease glaucoma at an earlier stage, a new study says.

It's important to identify patients whose disease is progressing faster so that they can receive more aggressive treatment or more frequent follow-up, the researchers explained.

Their study, published online Aug. 8 in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology, included 381 glaucoma patients, aged 35 to 80, who were followed for anywhere from about 3 to 13 years. Glaucoma progression was more likely to be detected in patients who had more visual field tests (a median of 20) than in those with fewer tests (a median of 12).

"In summary, we found that a twice-yearly schedule of visual field testing resulted in earlier detection of glaucoma progression compared with a yearly schedule, especially with global trend analyses," wrote Dr. Kouros Nouri-Mahdavi and colleagues at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, in a journal news release.

"Validation of these findings in other patient populations would be desirable. Our results have significant health care policy implications with regard to determining the frequency of visual field testing in patients with glaucoma," they added.

One expert agreed that more frequent testing would end up helping patients.

"Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide," noted Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Left untreated, patients will suffer a permanent loss of vision. This disease is treatable with both topical medications, laser therapy and microsurgery."

He said the new study "has wide implications for the detection of disease in millions of patients."

More information

The U.S. National Eye Institute has more about glaucoma.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Mark Fromer, M.D., ophthalmologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; JAMA/Archives journals, news release, Aug. 8, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. News brief: Benefit of HPV Vaccination, Frequent Screening for Women over 41 is Likely to be Low
2. MSU researcher links potentially deadly infection, frequent cow exposure
3. Do men with early prostate cancer commit suicide more frequently?
4. The most frequent error in medicine
5. Immigrants with disabilities more frequently employed than US-born persons with disabilities
6. Evidence-based medicine theory can be applied to frequent flying says US professor
7. Botox reduces wrinkles even in less frequent doses
8. Frequent Doctor Visits Help Diabetics Control Blood Pressure
9. Frequent Urination at Night Linked to Raised Death Risk
10. Anxiety/panic disorder most frequent disabling comorbid disorder in TS patients, study finds
11. Adverse childhood experiences linked to frequent headache in adults
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Frequent Tests Help Track Progression of Glaucoma, Study Finds
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple ... care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster ... Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s ... Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and ... plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway ... store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in ... existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to ... home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... -- NDS received FDA 510(k) clearance in May 2017 for its highly ... designed for endoscopy environments. An innovative secondary monitor solution, ZeroWire ... support the improvement of patient outcomes, procedural efficiency, and the lowering ... ... ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development Company ... "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate the user ... with better efficiency compared to the dated and pricey ... on efficacy of the compression for a more informed ... goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. ... day with the investment community and media to further ... call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, ... webcast of the conference call through a link that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: