Although we ophthalmologists regard ourselves as highly skilled, technologically well-armed, and dedicated to patient care, we may be taking too narrow an approach toward achieving the ultimate goal—preventing visual impairment due to glaucoma and declines in quality of life. Both patient-centered and physician-centered factors need to be improved if we are to achieve better outcomes.
It is alarming that recent publications show that patients fail to undergo examinations after screening positive for glaucoma,1 drop out of care when told they have glaucoma,2 and take medicines either sporadically or not at all.3,4
Friedman DS, Cramer J, Quigley H. A More Proactive Approach Is Needed in Glaucoma Care. Arch Ophthalmol. 2005;123(8):1134-1135. doi:10.1001/archopht.123.8.1134