On the lookout: how to save the sight of Australians who have glaucoma

Mark J Walland
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01616.x
Published online: 3 March 2008

Excessive reliance on intraocular pressure to detect glaucoma leaves many affected patients undiagnosed and untreated; visualisation of the optic disc is a dying art that needs to be revived

Intraocular pressure (IOP) is measured by tonometry. In our community, mean IOP is around 15 mmHg, with a normal range (mean ± 2 SD) regarded as 10–21 mmHg. This information is irrelevant to the diagnosis of glaucoma.

  • Mark J Walland

  • Glaucoma Investigation and Research Unit, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne,VIC; and Department of Ophthalmology and University of Melbourne Department of Surgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.



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