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February 1966

Doctor-Patient Relationship in Glaucoma Therapy

Author Affiliations

Pasadena, Calif
From the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, California College of Medicine, Pasadena.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1966;75(2):204-206. doi:10.1001/archopht.1966.00970050206011

Long-range treatment and follow-up are necessary for the proper control of glaucoma and prevention of the potential visual loss. In recent years, with new diagnostic and evaluative procedures and many new drugs, the medical management of glaucoma has become increasingly satisfactory. Much has been written about these new diagnostic and treatment techniques but the most overlooked aspect of glaucoma is the factor which actually allows the functioning of the treatment. Skills and medications are of little value unless they are applied for the benefit of the patient with the disease. If the patient with glaucoma fails to use his medicine, no matter how well chosen, the function will not be fulfilled.

The physician may question why any patient would not continue in the treatment of a disease which can be as disabling as glaucoma. The doctor, however, projects his viewpoint of the situation onto the patient. The patient may have