Intraocular Pressure: Does it Measure Up?
M. Roy Wilson* , Kuldev Singh
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2006
First Page: 32
Last Page: 37
Publisher ID: TOOPHTJ-3-32
Article History:Received Date: 12/12/2008
Revision Received Date: 29/1/2009
Acceptance Date: 13/2/2009
Electronic publication date: 17 /9/2006
Collection year: 2009
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The relationship between intraocular pressure (IOP) and glaucoma is complex and not fully understood. We question the validity of several claims relating to the IOP-glaucoma relationship: (1) that 12 mm Hg is an important target in IOP control; (2) that IOP variability is an important risk factor for glaucoma progression; and (3) that every millimeter of mercury of IOP lowering reduces the risk of glaucoma progression by some specific percentage amount. Further, IOP is generally accepted to be an important – if not most important – risk factor for glaucoma development and progression. Using measures of treatment effect – absolute risk reduction, relative risk, and relative risk reduction – we compare the strength of IOP as a risk factor to the strength of a cardiac risk factor in cardiovascular disease.