What is included in long-term monitoring 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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Depending on the amount of optic nerve damage and level of IOP control, POAG patients may need to be seen from every 2 months to yearly, even sooner if a marked lack of IOP control is present. Follow-up studies/examinations should be performed as detailed under Treatment.

Glaucoma still should be a concern in people with elevated IOP in the presence of normal discs and visual fields or in people who have normal IOP with suspicious-looking discs and fields. These patients should be observed closely, because they are at an increased risk for development of glaucomatous damage. SWAP visual field testing may also play a role, because it may help detect visual field defects earlier in these otherwise healthy patients.


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