Advancements in Diagnostics with Glaucomatous and Other Optic Neuropathies

Mark P. Breazzano, Shaniece A. Walker, Reid A. Longmuir

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Purpose of Review: The goal of this article is to present updates to the physician with the latest developments in diagnosing and monitoring optic nerve diseases. Possible changes to clinical practice regarding these advancements are also explored. Recent Findings: There has been substantial progress in research and clinical practice regarding diagnostic capabilities for optic neuropathies. Optical coherence tomographic angiography may soon have a particularly strong impact on transforming the way glaucomatous optic neuropathy is routinely evaluated. Multiple developments have also occurred regarding assessment of optic nerve structure via optical coherence tomography, functional testing with visual fields, neuroimaging, and laboratory investigation for a variety of optic neuropathies. New and basic clinical techniques for approaching uncommon optic nerve disease entities are also described. Summary: Assessing optic neuropathies can be clinically challenging. The availability of a multitude of new approaches and diagnostics may assist the physician with more accurate diagnosis and monitoring capabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Ophthalmology Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Glaucoma monitoring
  • Optic neuropathy diagnosis
  • Optical coherence tomography
  • Visual field algorithm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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