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Glaucoma

Eye-to-Eye with Dr. Rachel Bishop

Dr. Rachel Bishop
Photo courtesy of NEI

"Every ophthalmologist has probably seen this more than a few times…and even once is too many. A new patient comes in because they scratched their eye while working in the yard, or they think they need glasses, or maybe they've just been diagnosed with diabetes, and their doctor sent them. Let's say this person is in their 60s and has never had a complete eye exam.

"We advise everyone to get a comprehensive dilated exam by the time they're 40, and again at age 50."

"Lo and behold, we discover the optic nerves are pale and cupped—signs of advanced glaucoma. Yet the patient wasn't aware of any problem. Why? Because glaucoma causes no pain. And the loss of vision is so gradual that most people don't notice until the damage is severe. Although we start treatment immediately, the nerve tissue that is lost cannot be recovered. Situations like this can be avoided with early detection and treatment.

"We advise everyone to get a comprehensive dilated exam by the time they're 40, and again at age 50."

Dr. Rachel Bishop,

National Eye Institute

A specialist in general ophthalmology and cataract surgery, Dr. Rachel Bishop is chief of Consult Services at the National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). She examines the eyes of people participating in clinical trials at the NIH. This includes monitoring patients for medication and treatment effects, managing eye diseases, and performing surgeries.

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Spring 2015 Issue: Volume 10 Number 1 Page 15