Glaucoma with Diabetes Mellitus or Other Medical Illness

  • Long-standing diabetes mellitus may be associated with a very aggressive form of glaucoma.

  • This glaucoma is related to vascular changes in the eye.

  • Care must be coordinated between the Retina Service and the Glaucoma Center in order to prevent blindness.

  • Panretinal photocoagulation and trabeculectomy are frequently necessary.

  • Aggressive management is the key to preservation of vision.

  • Other medical diseases which are associated with glaucoma include hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, thyroid disease, and systemic inflammatory diseases such as sarcoidosis and systemic lupus erythematosis.
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