Potential Savings from Visit Reduction of Continuous Intraocular Pressure Monitoring

J Curr Glaucoma Pract. 2018 May-Aug;12(2):59-63. doi: 10.5005/jp-journals-10008-1246. Epub 2018 Aug 1.


Introduction: A continuous method of measuring intraocular pressures (IOP) could be advantageous in the management of glaucoma. This report aims to analyze the potential savings from visit reduction of continuous IOP measurements obtained with an intraocular device.

Materials and methods: We constructed a model adapted from a prior study based on the number of glaucoma patients among 5% of the Medicare population.

Results: We found that the implementation of a device that continuously measures IOP can result in a reduction of 23.21% in yearly costs from glaucoma outpatient visits.

Conclusion: Continuous IOP monitoring has the potential to alleviate the economic burden of the current management structure of patients with glaucoma.

Clinical significance: In an era of elevated healthcare costs, continuous IOP monitoring offers an option to improve the care of glaucoma patients through visit reduction, also resulting in a 23.21% reduction in yearly expenses related to glaucoma clinical visits.How to cite this article: Dong J, Syed ZA, Fan K, Yahya AF, Melki SA. Potential Savings from Visit Reduction of Continuous Intraocular Pressure Monitoring. J Curr Glaucoma Pract 2018;12(2):59-63.

Keywords: Economics of glaucoma; Glaucoma diagnostics; IOP monitoring; Cost-effectiveness of Glaucoma Management.