2020–2021 BCSC Basic and Clinical Science Course™
Chapter 7: Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma
Important risk factors for primary open-angle glaucoma include age, race, family history, central corneal thickness, myopia, and intraocular pressure (IOP).
The relationship between blood pressure and open-angle glaucoma is complex; however, lower ocular perfusion pressure (difference between blood pressure and IOP) is a risk factor.
Open-angle glaucoma can develop across a wide range of IOPs.
Lowering IOP with medication, laser surgery, or incisional surgery is currently the only means of treating open-angle glaucoma.
Treatment of ocular hypertension reduces the risk of progression to glaucoma.
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.