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An assessment of the health and economic burdens of glaucoma.

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Varma, R; Lee, PP; Goldberg, I; Kotak, S
Published in: Am J Ophthalmol
October 2011

PURPOSE: To bring together information concerning the epidemiology and the economic and individual burdens of glaucoma. DESIGN: Interpretive essay. METHODS: Review and synthesis of selected literature published from 1991 through December 2010. RESULTS: An estimated 3% of the global population over 40 years of age currently has glaucoma, the majority of whom are undiagnosed. Vision loss from glaucoma has a significant impact on health-related quality of life even in the early stages of disease. The overall burden increases as glaucomatous damage and vision loss progress. The economic burden of glaucoma is significant and increases as the disease worsens. CONCLUSIONS: Early identification and treatment of patients with glaucoma and those with ocular hypertension at high risk of developing vision loss are likely to reduce an individual's loss of health-related quality of life as well as the personal and societal economic burdens.

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Am J Ophthalmol

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1879-1891

Publication Date

October 2011

Volume

152

Issue

4

Start / End Page

515 / 522

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Risk Assessment
  • Quality of Life
  • Ophthalmology & Optometry
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Humans
  • Health Care Costs
  • Global Health
  • Glaucoma
  • Cost of Illness
  • Blindness
 

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Varma, R., Lee, P. P., Goldberg, I., & Kotak, S. (2011). An assessment of the health and economic burdens of glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol, 152(4), 515–522. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajo.2011.06.004
Varma, Rohit, Paul P. Lee, Ivan Goldberg, and Sameer Kotak. “An assessment of the health and economic burdens of glaucoma.Am J Ophthalmol 152, no. 4 (October 2011): 515–22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajo.2011.06.004.
Varma R, Lee PP, Goldberg I, Kotak S. An assessment of the health and economic burdens of glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 2011 Oct;152(4):515–22.
Varma, Rohit, et al. “An assessment of the health and economic burdens of glaucoma.Am J Ophthalmol, vol. 152, no. 4, Oct. 2011, pp. 515–22. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.ajo.2011.06.004.
Varma R, Lee PP, Goldberg I, Kotak S. An assessment of the health and economic burdens of glaucoma. Am J Ophthalmol. 2011 Oct;152(4):515–522.
Journal cover image

Published In

Am J Ophthalmol

DOI

EISSN

1879-1891

Publication Date

October 2011

Volume

152

Issue

4

Start / End Page

515 / 522

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Risk Assessment
  • Quality of Life
  • Ophthalmology & Optometry
  • Ocular Hypertension
  • Humans
  • Health Care Costs
  • Global Health
  • Glaucoma
  • Cost of Illness
  • Blindness