1 August 2007
Volume 08, Issue 3

A focus on gonioscopy, and how the technique will be used in the future.


Gonioscopy is an essential part of the ocular examination of a glaucoma patient or glaucoma suspect. Without this examination it is impossible to assess properly the pathology that may cause impeded aqueous outflow. In addition, it is only when different causes of outflow obstruction are diagnosed that a relevant clinical management plan can be made for the patient. 

To the novice, applying the gonioscopy lens and obtaining a view of the angle structures can initially seem difficult, but with guidance and a little practice this skill can be easily mastered. The challenge is then to become familiar with the features of a normal angle, which can vary slightly from person to person and between ethnic groups. The skill of interpreting pathology seen on gonioscopy then comes with experience. 

Sign in to continue

Forgotten password?

Sign in to view the article

Not a member? Start enjoying the benefits of College membership today. Take a look at what the College can offer you and view our membership categories and rates.

Related further reading

A glance at what’s happening in the world of technology.

The clinical figures that count.

Becky McCall looks at the effects of menopause on the eye, and asks how optometrists can us their expertise to advise women.