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Fifteen-year mortality rate and visual outcome in newly diagnosed chronic open-angle glaucoma
  1. Humma Shahid1,
  2. John F Salmon2
  1. 1Ophthalmology Department, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Humma Shahid, Ophthalmology Department, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Box 41, Cambridge CB1 1QQ, UK; hummashahid{at}

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The natural history of open-angle glaucoma has been comprehensively studied, but there is little known of the long-term mortality and visual outcome of patients with chronic open-angle glaucoma under active management.1 In a previous publication we found that 30% of a cohort of newly diagnosed glaucoma patients had died within a period of 10 years and that the survivors had good visual function.2 We reviewed the results of the same patients at 15 years and, in addition, we compared the demographic features of the group who died with those that survived.

In summary, of 436 patients who were referred to a glaucoma case-finding clinic between July 1994 and December 1995, 68 patients were found to have chronic open-angle glaucoma.2 These patients were followed at regular intervals in a specialist-led glaucoma clinic. Over the next 15 years, …

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  • Contributors JFS conceived the idea for the study and directed data collection and interpretation; HS collected and analysed the study data; HS and JFS drafted and reviewed the article and approved the final version before submission.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was a retrospective review of patient case notes only, so ethical approval was not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.