What should be discussed with the patient prior to treatment selection for 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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Discussion with the patient about the pros and cons of treatment versus observation should be completed. Individualization of therapy is the key; an ideal pressure in one patient may cause glaucomatous damage in another patient. Risk factors, systemic conditions, life expectancy of the patient, quality of life issues, and the patient's desire for therapy should be weighed when considering treatment.


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