The projected increase in glaucoma due to an ageing population

Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2003 Mar;23(2):175-9. doi: 10.1046/j.1475-1313.2003.00104.x.


The number of cases of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) in England and Wales is estimated to increase by a third over the 20 years to 2021, and then continue upwards at a similar pace to 2031. The estimates are based on official population projections, organised by 5-year age groups, together with an age-specific prevalence curve for POAG derived from the results of 11 epidemiological prevalence surveys. To cope with additional pressures, a thorough reappraisal of the present system for detection, referral, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of the disease is likely to be required.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Forecasting
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / epidemiology*
  • Health Planning / trends*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Population Dynamics*
  • Prevalence
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology