Primary care physicians (PCPs) are in a qualified position to assist in the diagnosis of glaucoma. With an understanding of comprehensive glaucoma management, physicians can direct their patients to therapy that will improve their outcomes.
Through patients’ routine visits, primary care physicians can make referrals for ophthalmic examinations, especially in patients who present with the risk factors for glaucoma. A major problem in treating glaucoma patients is medication adherence and PCPs can discuss strategies to improve medication use and efficacy.
Recognition of adverse reactions from glaucoma medications and surgeries will allow proper management of these potentially serious conditions. Here is a basic overview of glaucoma and what primary care physicians can assist their patients.