Glaucomatous Versus Nonglaucomatous Visual Loss: The Neuro-Ophthalmic Perspective

  • Matthew D. Kay
  • Mark L. Moster
  • Paul N. Schacknow


The diagnosis of glaucoma is generally straightforward in the setting of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), glaucomatous excavation of the disc, and characteristic nerve fiber bundle defects on visual field testing. However, one should always carry an index of suspicion for an alternative nonglaucomatous process and critically evaluate the optic nerves and visual fields. Is the degree of visual loss consistent with the optic nerve changes? Is the character of the visual field loss compatible with glaucomatous change? Are additional investigations warranted, and if so, what studies should be performed?


Optic Nerve Optic Neuropathy Visual Field Defect Central Retinal Vein Occlusion Visual Field Loss 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew D. Kay
    • 1
  • Mark L. Moster
    • 2
  • Paul N. Schacknow
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Neuro-ophthalmologist, Private PracticeWest Palm BeachUSA
  2. 2.Jefferson Medical College, Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, Wills Eye InstituteElkins ParkUSA
  3. 3.Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA
  4. 4.Visual Health CenterPalm SpringsUSA

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