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    Neuroprotective drug need not be an impossible dream

     

    The CSFI is considerably more sensitive than mean deviation, visual field index, and OCT average thickness for detecting progressive glaucomatous damage [Am J Ophthalmol. 2012;154:814-24].

    Looking to the future, Dr. Weinreb proposed two indications for a neuroprotective drug for glaucoma. One use would serve as complementary therapy, where the agent is added to medical treatment or used after surgery in patients who achieve IOP-lowering, but are still experiencing progressive loss of visual function. The second would serve as an alternative therapy for patients in whom IOP-lowering agents are not tolerated or ineffective.

    “I am optimistic that we have a pathway forward and there is an opportunity to bring neuroprotection therapy to glaucoma management,” Dr. Weinreb said.

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