What are concerns during follow-up care for 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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Other caveats concerning follow-up care are as follows:

  • If a new visual field defect becomes apparent on testing, confirmation with repeat (possibly multiple) examinations during future office visits should be performed, before using it as a basis for the treatment of presumed progression of POAG.

  • Gonioscopy should be performed at least once every 1-2 years if a significant increase in IOP occurs, or if miotic therapy is instituted.

  • Optic disc photos should be repeated after the initial examination if a change in disc appearance is noted (or every 1-2 years if available). Considerations are as follows:

    • Technologic and financial barriers, as well as increasing lack of trained ophthalmic staff, are making optic disc photos more difficult to obtain in many practices.

    • Whether nerve fiber layer imaging technologies (instead of recurring, serial optic disc photos) are sufficient for mainstream nontertiary ophthalmology practices is still under debate.

Retinal tomography, ocular coherence tomography, and/or laser polarimetry should be measured at baseline and then every 6-12 months. Results should be correlated with visual field results, IOP measurements, and examination findings.

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