TAG Episode 13 - 6Dec2010: Glaucoma risk factors with Marcelo Nicolela (mp3)

In this episode, Dr Nicolela and I discuss the risk factors  for the development of glaucoma. This includes talking about the difference between risk factors for developing disease vs those for disease to progress. Much of our current knowledge is based on information from clilnical trials and population studies over the past decade. Bear in mind that still intraocular pressure remains as the single most important modifiable risk factor, even in normal tension glaucoma patients.

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TAG Episode 11 - Mar 18, 2010 Schuman & Burgoyne Imaging (mp3)

In this episode, Drs Schuman, Burgoyne and I discuss optic nerve and nerve fiber layer iimaging in glaucoma. To clarify the different modalities, the Confocal Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (CSLO) has been popularized as the Heidelberg Engineering device, current version being the HRT 3; the Scanning Laser Polarimeter is the GDx machine, and; the original Optical Coherence Tomography unit and its next 2 generations were popularized by Zeiss and use Time Domain scanning whereas the latest technology uses Spectral Domain technology to achieve much higher resolution with the Spectralis OCT made by Heidelberg Engineering.

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TAG Episode 10 - Jan 19, 2010 w/ Karim Damji discussing SLT (mp3)

In this episode, Dr Damji and I discuss the use of Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) in treating patients with open angle glaucoma. The conversation includes a comparison of this to Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT), the step-wise approach to treating patients with glaucoma and where the SLT might fit it. We also cover the burning question of the repeatability of this treatment modality as well as its contraindications.

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