Glaucoma and Myopia

Myopia, or near sightedness, is an important risk factor for glaucoma. However, the diagnosis of glaucoma is challenging in patients with myopia, because myopia and glaucoma can share the same features.

We are developing new methods with OCT to evaluate the optic nerve head (where damage is first caused in glaucoma). The goal of this research is to provide ophthalmologists better tools to help them identify persons with myopia who do not have glaucoma from those with myopia who do have glaucoma.