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TREATING GLAUCOMA PATIENTS

Treating glaucoma has become a growing opportunity for optometrists. According to a study in the journal, Ophthalmology, the global prevalence of open-angle glaucoma is expected to rise to 76 million people by 2020. The majority of optometrists in our survey (82%) said the number of patients with glaucoma in their practice has increased in the past three years. If you practice in a state that allows ODs to treat the condition, you know that earlier diagnoses enabled by improved imaging and visual field algorithms together with improved medications support optometric care of this disease. In this issue’s “Docs Speak Out,” we explore how you manage patients with glaucoma””and how they have affected your practice.

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HOW TREATING GLAUCOMA HAS CHANGED YOUR PRACTICE:
“Glaucoma is growing as our population ages. I owe it to my patients to give them this care. It continues to create loyal patients who need this care for the rest of their lives.”

“It gives patients more avenues of treatment opportunities. New technologies are helpful in getting a better overall picture of the disease.”

“Helps grow a loyal core group of patients who are seen several times a year.”

“It’s been pretty steady over the past five to ten years.”

“We have become more aggressive in our treatment with our access to technology like the OCT and the Diopsys.”

“I feel that I am working up to my potential. I am providing the service that patients come to me for and they see me as their “Doctor” not a provider of glasses. I also teach optometry students about glaucoma management. It has raised our status as ODs in general.”

“It significantly increased number of medically related exams, OCT and visual fields. Also, patient sees us in a more medical light.”

“It helps with income, which is a good thing with the declining revenue from optical.”

“It has helped change the focus of the practice from mostly refractive services to medical care.”

“It has changed for the better. Patients appreciate not having to go to a separate doctor for treatment.”

“Treating glaucoma made us purchase technology we probably would not have and has made clinical diagnosis more reliable.”

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