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THE IMPACT ON QUALITY OF LIFE OF GLAUCOMA
Glaucoma is a disease that causes irreversible blindness. The visual acuity loss secondary to glaucoma is associated with a substantial decrease in quality of life and patient utility value. Gupta and co-workers demonstrate that the utility value is directly dependent on the degree of visual acuity, a loss associated with the disease and the educational status but not the duration of the disease, number of medications, or visual field indices. See p 1241
DIRECT COSTS OF GLAUCOMA
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. It is the second most frequent cause of legal blindness in industrialised countries. Traverso and co-workers demonstrate that resource utilisation and direct medical cost of glaucoma management increase …