Advances in glaucoma research continue

November 18, 2003

Paul Lichter, MD, for the Collaborative Initial Glaucoma Treatment Studyreported the results of an analysis of variables reflecting iOP controlassociated with visual field loss over 5 years. Four hundred twenty-sevenpatients who were followed for more than 6 years were analyzed. They hadbeen randomly assigned to medical therapy or a filtering procedure. Dr.Lichter reported that visual field loss was significantly associated witha larger maximum IOP, increased IOP variation, and a higher mean IOP. Dr.Lichter suggested that ophthalmologists focus on keep patient IOPs under18 mm Hg for as long as possible and avoid wide swings in IOP.