2020–2021 BCSC Basic and Clinical Science Course™
Chapter 3: Clinical Evaluation: History
Appropriate management of glaucoma is based on accurate diagnosis, assessment of severity, and likelihood of progression, as established by means of clinical evaluation.
Clinical evaluation of a patient with, or suspected of having, glaucoma begins with a thorough ocular and medical history as well as a review of available pertinent records.
Relevant factors include the individual’s age, race or ethnicity, and family history of glaucoma.
The patient’s past and present ocular and systemic conditions and use of medications are important considerations in both the diagnosis and management of glaucoma.
Evaluation of a patient with glaucoma also includes assessment of the effects of the disease on the patient’s quality of life, with referral to a low vision specialist if warranted.
Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 10 - Glaucoma. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.