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April 1977

'Ocular Hypertension' or 'Early Glaucoma'? 'Ocular Hypertension' vs Open-Angle Glaucoma

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(4):585-586. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450040051002

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The problem of what to do with patients whose intraocular pressure is considerably higher than the mean of the normal population but who have no other evidence of glaucoma has been solved in various ways at various times. Some decades ago, these patients' conditions were called "early glaucoma," and they were all treated and for a time even operated on. Then the pendulum swung back and there was a tendency to regard this condition as a benign one that would only rarely develop into a frank glaucoma. The acceptable position at the present time lies somewhere in the middle. A recent, unsolicited editorial opinion by Drs Chandler and Grant from Boston has put this problem into focus, and I have asked three other experts in the field to express their opinions. I hope that these four editorials will be of benefit to the readership.–Ed.

The term "ocular hypertension"

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