by Josef Flammer
Glaucoma is a disease that poses a serious threat to vision. Patients seek to know how the disease originates, whether they did something “wrong” to cause it, whether a change in their lifestyle can improve it, and which treatment options are available. This book will provide patients, relatives and friends, as well as care providers and even those simply interested in this topic with a better understanding of the clinical picture of glaucoma.
Table of ContentsForeword
IntroductionPurpose of the Book
What is Glaucoma?
What is Glaucomatous Damage?
What are the Consequences of Glaucomatous -Damage?
How Common is Glaucoma?
Glaucomatous DamagePhenomenology of Glaucomatous Damage
How does Glaucomatous Damage Arise?
Classification of the Various Types of GlaucomaCongenital Glaucoma
Primary Chronic Open-Angle Glaucoma (POAG)
Primary Angle-Closure Glaucoma
Risk FactorsGeneral Risk Factors for an Increase in IOP
Risk Factors for Glaucomatous Damage
Pathogenesis of Glaucomatous DamageApoptosis “Programmed Cell Death”
The Importance of Ocular Perfusion
Activation of Glial Cells
The Pathogenetic Concept
Diagnosing GlaucomaWhich Symptoms are Noticed by the Patient?
When Should an Ophthalmologist be Consulted?
Examination by the Ophthalmologist
Documenting the Papilla and Nerve Fiber Layer
Testing the Visual Field
Assessing Ocular Perfusion
TherapyGeneral Remarks Regarding Treatment Options
IOP-Reducing Laser Treatment
Enhancing Ocular Perfusion
Alternative Forms of Therapy
Living with GlaucomaLifestyle and Nutrition
Leisure and Stress
Pregnancy and Nursing
Supplementary ChaptersAnatomy and Physiology of the Visual System
The Development of the Eye
Optics of the Eye
Vascular Regulation and Dysregulation
Age-related Macular Degeneration
Visual Field Examination/Perimetry
How do Lasers Function?
Catalog of Medications
Additional Reading Material
Online Sites for the Visually Impaired
Ophthalmology in Developing Countries
"Overall, this is a nice book and there are not too many written for patients about glaucoma. In this sense, the book is helpful. It is well written and the pictures are helpful. Patients with an avid interest in learning beyond what the normal patient-oriented glaucoma literature offers will find this book of value."
Prithvi S. Sankar, MD, in Doody's Book Review, 2007