Multivariate studies have identified elevated IOP, optic disc abnormality, increasing age, and a family history of glaucoma as risk factors for the development of glaucomatous visual field loss. Further studies are required to validate these findings and to identify additional risk factors. Eventually it may be possible to develop an equation capable of predicting accurately the risk of glaucoma developing in a given individual with ocular hypertension. If a reliable estimate of risk were available, rational decisions concerning the institution of therapy could be made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalSurvey of ophthalmology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1980


  • cup/disc ratio
  • glaucoma
  • intraocular pressure
  • multivariate analysis
  • ocular hypertension
  • outflow facility
  • risk factors
  • univariate analysis
  • vascular disease
  • visual field loss


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