Which imaging studies are performed in the workup of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG)?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Kristin Schmid Biggerstaff, MD; Chief Editor: Inci Irak Dersu, MD, MPH  more...
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The following imaging studies may be used to evaluate patients with suspected primary open-angle glaucoma:

  • Fundus photography
  • Retinal nerve fiber layer imaging on high-contrast black and white film using red-free techniques
  • Confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy
  • Scanning laser polarimetry
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Neuroimaging, if suggested by the patient’s pattern of visual field loss

Investigational imaging modalities in the evaluation and management of patients with primary open-angle glaucoma include the following:

  • Fluorescein angiography
  • Ocular blood flow analysis via laser Doppler flowmetry
  • Color vision measurements
  • Contrast sensitivity testing
  • Electrophysiologic tests
  • Ultrasound biomicroscopy

See Workup for more detail.


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