The glaucomatous optic disc: Taking a closer look

A review of optic disc assessment in glaucoma, in order to enhance the background knowledge of optometrists in undertaking these roles.

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Introduction

Patients with glaucoma and those suspected of having glaucoma comprise an approximate 30% of follow-up outpatient visits and 15% of new-patient assessment visits within the Hospital Eye Service (HES). This figure seems likely to increase in line with the demographic trends in the population and as optometrists improve their detection of the glaucomas, including primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG).

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