Glaucoma is possibly the most elusive and ambigous disease process confrontlng
the eye care professions. Except for the rare acute patients, the vast majority of cases are of such slow onset the distinction between a healthy eye and a glaucomatous one can span five years, or more. But what is glaucoma? What are the first signs? Even if we know the primary pathogenesis and signs, how do we diagnose them in a timely, economical, reliable fashion? If one person is capable of this feat can he instruct his collegues to a equivalent
level of expertise? The intent of this research is to address these and other questions , and hopefully suggest viable solutions and avenues to pursue.
This paper is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Optometry. 16 pages.