Glaucoma: A Silent Blinding Disease
Course of the Month - November 2023
Course of the Month
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|November 30, 2023 (11:55 p.m. CT)|
|Content Expires:||October 31, 2024 (11:55 p.m. CT)|
CE for this activity will not be available after this date.
|This activity includes closed captioning.|
This activity is free for AANP members
from 11/1/2023 - 11/3/2023
Overview Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide following cataracts and the most common cause of blindness among all eye conditions. The glaucomas are a group of progressive optic neuropathies characterized by degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGC) and resulting changes in the optic nerve head including progressive thinning of the neuroretinal rim and retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL). Pathogenesis of glaucoma is not fully understood, but the level of intraocular pressure is related to ganglion cell death glaucoma patients are typically asymptomatic, even with more advanced disease. Glaucoma evaluation includes careful optic nerve examination to detect glaucomatous optic nerve damage intra-ocular pressure diurnal curve testing, gonioscopy to evaluate angle, visual field test and optic nerve imaging. The goals of glaucoma treatment include slowing disease progress and preservation of quality of life and reduction of intra-ocular pressure.
- Explain the impact of glaucoma disease as a blinding disease.
- Review the types of glaucoma disease.
- Explain the evaluation techniques of the optic nerve to detect glaucoma.
- Discuss the medical and surgical treatment options for glaucoma.
Tulay Cakiner-Egilmez, ANP, PhD, CRNO, COMT
Disclosure This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies.
- The speaker has no conflict of interest relevant to this topic.
- This lecture will provide only a quick review and will not cover every aspect of glaucoma.
- The opinions expressed are those of the author from her personal experience those of the Department of Veterans Affairs and are informational only, not necessarily those of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- The speaker will not talk about pediatric glaucomas.
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|1.05 Contact Hour(s) of CE,
0.1 of which may be applied towards Pharmacology