Cookies

Like most websites The Ophthalmologist uses cookies. In order to deliver a personalized, responsive service and to improve the site, we remember and store information about how you use it. Learn more.
Subspecialties Glaucoma, Health Economics and Policy, Imaging & Diagnostics, Business and Innovation

Glaucoma: Going the Distance

I was genuinely excited to hear that The Ophthalmologist team selected Glaucoma Management as a core theme for the first half of 2020. This complex condition has benefited from amazing progress in recent years, but there is still much to do in the prevention of vision loss in glaucoma patients worldwide.

Glaucoma is highly prevalent – and rising (1). And there are significant regional shortages of skilled doctors, who are not only able to provide a diagnosis, but also the continuity of care that is so essential in glaucoma management.

I’m personally excited about the prospect of a diagnostic test that shows retinal cell apoptosis in the optic nerve using fluorescent labeling...

The emphasis has to be put on early disease detection and comprehensive screening, which demands increased awareness and ongoing education of patient populations, as well as health and social care professionals. We are now able to disseminate information via internet channels, such as YouTube, using specific educational tools. For example, my MIGS University Video Series on the iGlaucoma YouTube channel reaches people in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe, as well as North America.   

Telemedicine and artificial intelligence will inevitably provide a significant advantage, by making use of a healthcare workforce that can screen patients anywhere – and using the data they provide in increasingly effective and novel ways.

Well-established diagnostic methods are not going away anytime soon, but I can see how newer technologies, such as corneal hysteresis, optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) and implantable IOP monitoring devices, can aid in providing more accurate diagnoses. I’m personally excited about the prospect of a diagnostic test that shows retinal cell apoptosis in the optic nerve using fluorescent labeling...

Real innovation – and spreading the word about those advances (as in this 2020 Glaucoma Management theme) – will become our most effective weapons in the battle against glaucoma over the next decade and beyond. With all available resources dedicated to initiating conversations at all levels, we can prevent irreversible vision impairment.

Constance Okeke, Glaucoma and Cataract Specialist, Partner, CVP Physicians – Virginia Eye Consultants

Enjoy our FREE content!

Log in or register to gain full unlimited access to all content on the The Ophthalmologist site. It’s FREE and always will be!

Login

Or register now - it’s free and always will be!

You will benefit from:

  • Unlimited access to ALL articles
  • News, interviews & opinions from leading industry experts
  • Receive print (and PDF) copies of The Ophthalmologist magazine
Register

Or Login via Social Media

By clicking on any of the above social media links, you are agreeing to our Privacy Notice.

  1. National Eye Institute, “Glaucoma Data and Statistics” (2019). Available at: bit.ly/30umcr7.

About the Author

Constance Okeke

MD, MSCE and glaucoma and cataract surgery specialist

Newsletter

Send me the latest from The Ophthalmologist.

Sign up now

Most Popular

Register to The Ophthalmologist

Register to access our FREE online portfolio, request the magazine in print and manage your preferences.

You will benefit from:

  • Unlimited access to ALL articles
  • News, interviews & opinions from leading industry experts
  • Receive print (and PDF) copies of The Ophthalmologist magazine

Register