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Chapter 3 Treatment Principles and Options
3.1 - General Principles of Glaucoma Treatment
The purpose of this chapter is to give a summary overview and it is not meant to be an all-inclusive text
To assess the likely Rate of Progression (RoP) is an important part of patient management and the measured rate is a very important factor that should determine target pressure and treatment intensity (See Ch. Introduction) [I.D]. Many studies have found that progression is usually linear1-4, but the goal of intensifying treatment is to decrease rate of progression.
Please observe that perimetric printouts of progression using the MD or VFI indices are age-corrected, so that a normal eye would not show any age-related deterioration over time.
The goal of glaucoma treatment is to maintain the patient’s visual function and related quality of life, …
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