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PUBLICATION EXCLUSIVE: Advances in glaucoma management blur the barriers between subspecialties

08:25 EDT 21 Aug 2017 | Healio

Glaucoma management has undergone significant advancements in recent years. New minimally invasive surgical options have become available, filling in the gap between medical management and major surgeries such as trabeculectomy and tubes. On the diagnostic side, OCT technology has allowed a better understanding of the pathophysiology of glaucoma and more accurate monitoring of the effects of treatment, and has broadened the view to new imaging markers for progression. Glaucoma has opened up as a subspecialty to share areas of interest with other subspecialties and even other branches of medicine.“The life of a glaucoma specialist has become a lot busier with so many options. We wear many hats now, and it is great to be able to wear a white hat with MIGS for our patients rather than the black hat we used to wear previously in many cases, when we could only offer invasive surgery with a high risk of complications,” E. Randy Craven, MD, said.

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