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New article on highlighting the importance of imaging and education in glaucoma diagnosis
Researchers at CFEH and SOVS recently published the article “Influence of education and diagnostic modes on glaucoma assessment by optometrists” ahead of print in the journal Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics. In the study, participating Australian and New Zealand optometrists were presented with different combinations of clinical examination results for patients seen at the Centre For Eye Health and required to classify the patients as normal, suspicious for or suffering from glaucoma. This research highlights the importance of combining both structural and functional assessments in glaucoma as high false negative rates which occurred for patients with only optic nerve photographs were decreased when visual field data was provided. Interestingly, the availability of adjunct imaging techniques had limited effects on false negative rate highlighting the need for new glaucoma assessment techniques. The researchers also show short-term didactic teaching programs had limited effect on improving glaucoma diagnostic ability.
The article Yoshioka N, Wong E, Kalloniatis M, Yapp M, Hennessy MP, Agar A, Healey PR, Hayen A and Zangerl B (2015) Influence of education and diagnostic modes on glaucoma assessment by optometrists. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics is now available ahead of print at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/opo.12247/abstract