St. Louis, MO—In assessing patients with glaucoma, ophthalmologists should look beyond the standard clinical metrics and consider how the disease may be impacting daily living.
According to glaucoma specialist, Anjali Bhorade, MD, the process begins by exploring problems that patients may be having with "5 Ds:" daily activities, driving, disability from falls, dual-sensory loss, and depression.
Depending on what they uncover, there are a variety of simple recommendations and referrals ophthalmologists can make that can have a major benefit for improving patient safety and quality of life, said Dr. Bhorade, associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
“As clinicians, we often discuss with patients the results from our evaluations of IOP, the optic nerve, and visual field testing,” Dr. Bhorade said. “However, we should not overlook that glaucoma can affect daily living. By remembering to ask about the 5 Ds, our patients with glaucoma can lead safer and more fulfilling lives.”