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PEREZ DIAZ, Leonardo. Glaucoma: a world health problem for its frequency and clinical course toward blindness. MEDISAN [online]. 2014, vol.18, n.2, pp.249-262. ISSN 1029-3019.

Glaucoma is an ocular disease which constitutes a health problem due to its severity and frequency, because it occupies the second place as cause of irreversible blindness in the world and the first cause in Cuba. Many of its clinical ways are asymptomatic, so that the optic nerve deteriorates slowly and make patients to go to the ophthalmologist in advanced stages of the morbid process. The glaucomatous neuropathy limits considerably the capacities of the sick persons to act and to enjoy the life fully, to what it is added that its socioeconomic repercussion is enormous, so that today it represents a medical priority in numerous countries.

Keywords : glaucoma; optic nerve; intraocular pressure; progressive optic neuropathy; visual field; blindness; ophthalmology.

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