What should be included in patient education about primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG)?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Kristin Schmid Biggerstaff, MD; Chief Editor: Inci Irak Dersu, MD, MPH  more...
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Patient education is essential for successful treatment of glaucoma. The patient who understands the chronic, potentially progressive nature of glaucoma is more likely to comply with therapy. Numerous handouts are available to patients, including the following:

  • "Understanding and Living with Glaucoma: A Reference Guide for People with Glaucoma and Their Families," Glaucoma Research Foundation, 1-800-826-6693.

  • "Glaucoma Patient Resource: Living More Comfortably with Glaucoma," Prevent Blindness America, 1-800-331-2020.

For patient education resources, see the Eye and Vision Center. Also, see the patient education articles Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma, Glaucoma FAQs, Normal-Tension Glaucoma, Glaucoma Medications, and Ocular Hypertension.


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