The role of IOP in glaucoma

September 7, 2007

The World Glaucoma Association has announced consensus findings that further determine the role of intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma.

The World Glaucoma Association has announced consensus findings that further determine the role of intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma.

A total of seven consensus points were evaluated to help determine how IOP should be measured and used, in order to better understand its overall role in glaucoma: determinants of IOP, measurement of IOP, IOP variation, epidemiology of IOP, IOP as a risk factor for glaucoma development and progression, clinical trials and IOP and target IOP in clinical practice.

The panel stressed that IOP should be evaluated on an individual basis and that target IOPs should be defined as the estimated range where the risk of progressive disease is unlikely to affect the patient's quality of life. The panel also discussed ways to measure IOP more accurately and the measurement of central corneal thickness was identified as a crucial aspect of this.