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Glaucoma

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Glaucomas are a group of relatively common optic neuropathies, in which there is pathological loss of retinal ganglion cells, progressive loss of sight and associated alteration in the retinal nerve fibre layer and optic nerve head.

Evidence supports screening people at higher risk for glaucoma (A). General practitioners (GPs) have an important role in identifying those at increased risk for glaucoma and referring them for testing. There is no consensus on the recommended frequency of screening for at-risk groups.1,2

Glaucoma: Identifying risk

Table 12.1

Glaucoma: Identifying risk

Glaucoma: Preventive interventions

Table 12.2

Glaucoma: Preventive interventions

  1. National Health and Medical Research Council. A guide to glaucoma for primary health care providers – A companion document to NHMRC Guidelines for the screening, prognosis, diagnosis, management and prevention of glaucoma. Canberra: NHMRC, 2010.
  2. National Health and Medical Research Council. Guidelines for the screening, prognosis, diagnosis, management and prevention of glaucoma. Canberra: NHMRC, 2010.
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