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Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum Anki Study Questions

Welcome to the Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum

This is a teaching site for residents and others interested in learning about glaucoma.

It breaks glaucoma into fifty bite-sized lectures that average 14 minutes in length (range 4 to 37 minutes).
In total the curriculum is just under 12 hours long.

It is highly visual with >900 images and >90 movie clips.

Taking care of glaucoma can be very hard, but we are hoping that we have made learning about this family of diseases somewhat easier.

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Wallace L.M. Alward, MD

Dr. Lee Alward

Professor Emeritus
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Supported by the Frederick C. Blodi Chair
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Erin Boese, MD

Dr. Erin Boese

Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

User Instructions:

The fifty chapters provide an introduction to glaucoma. For many chapters there is supplementary material for those who want to delve deeper. For example, Chapter 34 discusses “General Principles of Glaucoma Management.” A table on existing glaucoma medications from The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics is provided as a supplement. There are a large number of clinical examples from ( ) and EyeRounds ( ).

As modifications are made to each chapter there will be a change in the version number and date provided for that chapter. A chronology of changes appears here  ( so that you can be sure that you have seen the most recent version. Minor changes will be denoted by a decimal change (for example 1.0 to 1.1) major changes are denoted by an integer change (for example 1.0 to 2.0).

Chapters are arranged in the following eleven sections. The chapters can be reached by scrolling down to the chapter or by jumping to the appropriate section (below).

By entering the Curriculum you are acknowledging that:

1) All of the images and movies contained in these webpages are copyright by the University of Iowa and may not be reproduced without permission.

2) The authors are not advocating a specific treatment for any patient.

The Curriculum Chapters

PREFACE: What is glaucoma and why does it matter


CHAPTER 1: Aqueous humor dynamics, anterior chamber anatomy and ciliary body

CHAPTER 2: Optic nerve and nerve fiber layer anatomy


CHAPTER 3: Intraocular pressure and tonometry

Supplementary Material

CHAPTER 4: Gonioscopy and Imaging the angle (UBM, AS-OCT)

Supplementary Material

CHAPTER 5: Perimetry principles types of perimetry: Kinetic, static threshold, SWAP, FDT

CHAPTER 6: Automated Perimetry - Interpreting a Field

CHAPTER 7: Visual Field Changes in Glaucoma

CHAPTER 8: Perimetry Quiz

CHAPTER 9: Optic Nerve Head and Nerve Fiber Layer Changes in Glaucoma

Supplementary Material


CHAPTER 10: Classification of the glaucomas


CHAPTER 11: Primary Congenital Glaucoma

Supplementary Material

CHAPTER 12: Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome, Peters Anomaly

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CHAPTER 13: Aniridia, Phacomatoses, and Other Glaucomas of Infancy and Childhood

Supplementary Material


CHAPTER 14: Primary Open Angle Glaucoma, Juvenile Open Angle Glaucoma (EMGT)

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CHAPTER 15: Ocular Hypertension and Glaucoma Suspects (OHTS)

CHAPTER 16: Normal Tension Glaucoma (CNTGTS, LOGTS)

Supplementary Material


CHAPTER 17: Primary Pupillary Block Angle Closure Glaucoma, Nanophthalmos, MMG

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CHAPTER 18: Plateau Iris Syndrome

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CHAPTER 19: Malignant Glaucoma

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CHAPTER 20: Exfoliation Syndrome

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CHAPTER 21: Pigment Dispersion Syndrome and Pigmentary Glaucoma

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CHAPTER 22: Corticosteroid-induced Glaucoma

CHAPTER 23: Glaucoma Secondary to Inflammation

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CHAPTER 24: Glaucomatocyclitic Crisis

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CHAPTER 25: Fuchs Heterochromic Iridocyclitis

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CHAPTER 26: Trauma-associated Glaucomas (Angle Recession, hyphema, Ghost Cell, Siderosis, Burns)

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CHAPTER 27: Lens-associated Glaucomas

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CHAPTER 28: Post-surgical Glaucoma (Aphakic, Epithelial Downgrowth, Post-PK, Post DSEK)

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CHAPTER 29: Elevated Episcleral Venous Pressure

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CHAPTER 30: Glaucoma Secondary to Tumors and Cysts

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CHAPTER 31: Neovascular Glaucoma

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CHAPTER 32: The Iridocorneal Endothelial Syndromes

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CHAPTER 33: Miscellaneous (Iridoschisis, PPMD, CB Swelling, Schwartz)

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CHAPTER 34: General Principles of Glaucoma Management

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CHAPTER 35: Glaucoma Management Studies (CIGTS, AGIS)


CHAPTER 36: Prostaglandin Analogs

CHAPTER 37: Beta Adrenergic Antagonists

CHAPTER 38: Adrenergic Agonists

CHAPTER 39: Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors

CHAPTER 40: Trabecular Meshwork Outflow Agents

CHAPTER 41: Hyperosmotic Agents


CHAPTER 42: Laser Trabeculoplasty (GLT)

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CHAPTER 43: Iridotomy and Iridoplasty

CHAPTER 44: Trabeculectomy, Express shunt (5FU study)

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CHAPTER 45: Glaucoma Drainage Devices

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CHAPTER 46: Surgery for Glaucomas of Infancy

CHAPTER 47: Cataract Surgery in the Glaucoma Patient

CHAPTER 48: Minimally Invasive and Other Glaucoma Surgeries

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CHAPTER 49: Cyclodestructive Procedures


CHAPTER 50: Hypotony

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