Table 1

Comparability of patients at the start of therapy

Drug allocated (n = no of patients)
Timolol (n=51)Betaxolol (n = 54)Carteolol (n = 48)
% male52.950.064.6
% with family history of glaucoma31.439.052.1
% with previous history of IOP raised2.01.98.3
% with vascular disease11.813.012.5
% with diabetes03.78.3
Mean age (years) (SE)67.4 (1.7)68.9 (1.4)68.1 (1.6)
Mean BP systolic (SE)152.7 (3.8)154.8 (3.6)156.5 (3.2)
Mean BP diastolic (SE)89.6 (1.9)88.9 (1.9)89.7 (1.5)
Mean pulse rate (SE)73.7 (1.3)75.1 (1.3)71.8 (1.4)