Managing Patients with Glaucoma

First, the bad news: The majority of ODs surveyed (85%) reported an increase in the number of patients they see with glaucoma. The good news: Many reported having all the equipment they need to diagnose and manage the disease. “We currently have several OCTs, VFs and various pachymeters and tonometers in our offices and clinics. We are considering an Ocular Response Analyzer for corneal hysteresis, but until there is something newer and more clearly diagnostic, we are not buying,” said one optometrist. Another one added, “I already have it all:  OCT, VF, UBM, Pachy, VEP, pERG, ColorDx, etc.” For those who don’t have it all, or are looking to upgrade, see below for what makes their wish list:


“Diopsys NOVA-VEP Vision Test.”

“Possibly an in-office electro-diagnostic test.”

“Heidelberg OCT.”

5 Ways ODs Educate Glaucoma Patients About Compliance
1 “Fundus photos, OCT images, visual fields.”

2 “My IOP curve (many different measurement points plotted over time) and OCT and VF changes.”

3 “AOA print material, Eyemaginations, ECHO in-office and online patient information, in-office compliance agreement with patient, posters
and numerous handouts.”

4 “Warn them about loss of sight. A great motivator!”

5 “Handouts, glasses that show vision loss due to glaucoma and videos.”

“Hysteresis ocular response IOP instrument.”

“Updated OCT.”

“Fundus camera.”

“Additional gonio lenses, and upgrade to retinal camera.”

“I’m considering replacing my HRT with an OCT.”

“HRT to replace our current OCT.”

“I already have an OCT, visual field instrument, pachymeter and Diopsys. I may add an ocular blood flow analyzer.”

“We have recently purchased an Optovue OCT and added an Optos Optomap for documentation and management of glaucoma.”

“A Konan electrodiagnostics device.”

“Retinal camera.”

“Anterior segment OCT.”


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