Barriers to Care in the Treatment of Glaucoma: Socioeconomic Elements That Impact the Diagnosis, Treatment, and Outcomes in Glaucoma Patients

Curr Ophthalmol Rep. 2022;10(3):85-90. doi: 10.1007/s40135-022-00292-6. Epub 2022 Jul 27.


Purpose of review: This article reviews socioeconomic elements that impact the access to glaucoma care, early intervention in susceptible patients, and longevity of treatment and patient compliance in various demographic groups.

Recent findings: Socioeconomic factors such as insurance eligibility, education, income, marital status, and access to technology can deeply impact the diagnosis and long-term treatment of glaucoma patients. Depending on the severity, and/or urgency of care, many individuals who face these barriers forgo annual eye exams, leading to a higher incidence of untreated glaucoma.

Summary: Early intervention and regular follow-up are essential for patient compliance in the management of glaucoma. Routine eye care leads to earlier detection and can improve management options and reduce the severity of disease burden.

Keywords: Demographic; Glaucoma; Prevention; Race; Socioeconomic; Telemedicine.

Publication types

  • Review