Corneal Hysteresis: An Essential Factor for Glaucoma Diagnosis & Management
Sponsored by Reichert
Glaucoma diagnosis and treatment requires accurate risk stratifi cation so that resources can be allocated to the proper patients. Since glaucoma is progressive in nature, identification of its onset is essentially impossible. As such, patients with risk factors are monitored, sometimes for years, before a definitive diagnosis can be made. Unfortunately, despite advancements in our understanding of glaucoma risk, all the factors noted have relatively poor sensitivity and specificity. Once diagnosed, accurately predicting which patients are likely to progress more rapidly remains difficult. The good news is that a newer parameter, corneal hysteresis can help us more accurately identify risk of developing glaucoma and risk of more rapid visual field loss from the disease.