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February 1966

Glaucoma Therapy and the Patient

Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;75(2):155. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.00970050157001

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One recognized, but often overlooked aspect in the treatment of glaucoma is the patient's own concept of the disease and the effect this concept has on his willingness to continue treatment. Perhaps the glaucoma was discovered during the course of a refraction by an alert ophthalmologist. The patient had no symptoms of the disease, yet the physician instructs him to instill into his eyes, several times a day, drops that make his eyes blur and ache. Why should a patient even consent to such a program, much less continue it for the rest of his life? Although many persons have become acquainted with the name "glaucoma," and may even ask if they have it during the course of eye examinations for other purposes, few have any concept of its nature.

In a delightfully refreshing article in this issue of the Archives, p 204, Dr. Ralph Riffenburgh examines some of the

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