The Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum

The Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum was created by Wallace L. M. Alward, MD, supported by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

The curriculum is intended to serve as an introduction to glaucoma for residents and perhaps as a review for practitioners. It began in the early 1990s to address areas such as aqueous humor dynamics or cholinergic agonists.

The site is organized by a checklist that includes tasks (like sitting in on a visual field and having one performed on themselves) and 50 didactic topics that cover all of glaucoma in digestible image and video collections.

The curriculum neatly breaks glaucoma into fifty bite-sized lectures that average 14 minutes in length (ranging from 4 to 37 minutes). It is highly visual with over 900 images (mostly clinical photographs and visual fields) and upwards of 90 brief movie clips. In total, the curriculum is just under 12 hours long.

The Glaucoma Curriculum also gives physicians and residents the option to search syndromes that have been associated with primary congenital glaucoma easily through PubMed. Alternatively, viewers can consult comprehensive glaucoma textbooks to determine whether the association has been described before.

Clinical Photograph Submissions

If you have a better example of any figure or are a skilled artist, Dr. Wallace L. M. Alward welcomes submissions. Please note that submitted materials cannot have been previously published and copyrighted. Submissions can be made to: The Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum.

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