The ocular surface is a critical issue in the management of glaucoma. When the health of the cornea and conjunctiva is optimal, the patient is best able to tolerate medications with improved compliance. This lecture discusses the potential problems that occur and strategies for management including dry eye, blepharitis, bleb preservation, floppy eyelid syndrome, giant fornix syndrome and tube erosion. The status of the ocular surface determines medical and surgical outcomes.
Ocular Surface Disease in Glaucoma
Freda Sii is the Senior Glaucoma Fellow at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and is part of the Supra-regional Complex Glaucoma Team. She is also part of the 'ReGAE' (Research into Glaucoma And Ethnicity) team led by Professor Peter Shah. The 'ReGAE' project is a multi-phase, multi-disciplinary and ethnically-sensitive project which aims to prevent avoidable glaucoma blindness in the diverse ethnic populations in Birmingham and the UK. She has worked as part of the charity “Sight for East Africa” in Tanzania to assess ways of helping to develop glaucoma resources.