Low-Tension Glaucoma Follow-up

Updated: Jun 16, 2016
  • Author: Mitchell V Gossman, MD; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Further Outpatient Care

After obtaining baseline optic disc photos and/or analysis and visual fields, patients should receive regular follow-up care (eg, at least every 6 months) to monitor for progression of field loss and optic nerve tissue in low-tension glaucoma (LTG).

Evaluate risk factors for defective visual-field progression linked to the following 4 independent predictive factors determined by the Canadian Glaucoma Study [22] :

  • Abnormal anticardiolipin antibody level
  • Higher mean intraocular pressure (IOP) at follow up
  • Higher baseline age
  • Female sex


Permanent loss of vision can occur if low-tension glaucoma is not detected early.


Patient Education

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