1. Delving into glaucoma

    Delving into glaucoma
    How imaging devices and long-used assessments help with glaucoma detection, progression Newer methods to detect glaucoma strike a balance with the tried-and-true but less high-tech methods, a number of ophthalmologists said. Although state-of-the-art imaging methods to detect glaucoma earlier are now commonplace, glaucoma specialists said they don’t want to lose the value of perimetry, gonioscopy, tonometry, visual fields, and other detection tests. For now, high-tech versus low-tech detection methods are used hand in hand. “The most common tests within glaucoma are perimetry and scanning computerized ophthalmic diagnostic imaging,” said Kevin J. Corcoran, C.O.E., C.P.C., F ...
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