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102. Jahrestagung der DOG

Deutsche Ophthalmologische Gesellschaft e. V.

23. bis 26.09.2004, Berlin

The importance of systemic hypertension for the primary open-angle glaucoma

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  • corresponding author C. Erb - Augenklinik der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover

Evidenzbasierte Medizin - Anspruch und Wirklichkeit. 102. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft. Berlin, 23.-26.09.2004. Düsseldorf, Köln: German Medical Science; 2004. Doc04dogDO.14.07

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Published: September 22, 2004

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In the Baltimore Eye and Egna-Neumarkt Study an association was found between diagnosis primary open-angle glaucoma and systemic hypertension. In disturbing the autoregulation of the optic nerve head and presenting of atherosclerotic changes of the retinal vessels, systemic hypertension plays an important role according to the vascular or ischemic hypothesis of glaucomatous pathophysiology. In addition, an insufficient perfusion pressure during antihypertensive therapy could accelerate a glaucomatous progression. Therefore, systemic hypertension will be discussed in influencing glaucoma therapy and glaucoma diagnostic.