[Glaucoma patients treated by practicing ophthalmologists in Denmark. Estimated number of patients and the extent of visual field defects]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2000 May 22;162(21):3028-33.
[Article in Danish]


A test survey based on a questionnaire was carried out among Danish eye practitioners. The response rate was 72%. The purpose was to estimate the minimum number of patients suffering from glaucoma (prevalence). Survey results show a prevalence of 0.65%. Further, the survey shows a clear correlation between glaucoma diagnosis and age. The number of glaucoma patients increase from approximately 0.5% for persons 50 years of age to approximately 5% for persons 80 years of age. Seventy-two percent of the diagnosed glaucoma patients have visual field defects at different stages. Six percent have central islands on both eyes, the equivalent of a prevalence for social blindness of 0.04%. Ninety-three percent of the diagnosed glaucoma patients receive anti-glaucomatous treatment, of these 42% combination therapy. Eighty percent of glaucoma patients in combination therapy received three or more drugs.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Glaucoma* / diagnosis
  • Glaucoma* / drug therapy
  • Glaucoma* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Registries
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Visual Fields*