The 2022 Glaucoma Report

Jun 13, 2022
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Glaucoma is rising. As of the turn of the century, the disease has become the second leading cause of global blindness. However, unlike cataracts (the primary cause of universal vision loss), blindness caused by glaucoma is irreversible. Since 2020, the number of people with glaucoma worldwide has surpassed 80 million, and is expected to pass 111 million by 2040.

With that in mind, it’s more important than ever for eyecare practitioners around the world to expand their knowledge of glaucoma diagnosis, treatment, and management. Eyecare has come a long way, and eyecare practitioners are better equipped to confront this disease than ever before.

In April of 2022, the Eyes On Eyecare team surveyed over 750 eyecare practitioners from around the world, including 719 optometrists and 67 ophthalmologists across North America and beyond. We sought to understand how ECPs are approaching glaucoma. The result of this survey is the 2022 Glaucoma Report, and as with all Eyes On Eyecare reports, it is absolutely free to download!

Download the 2022 Glaucoma Report now or keep reading for a sneak peek at the findings!

The 2022 Glaucoma Report covers:

  • Confidence in diagnosing, managing, and treating glaucoma: How comfortable are optometrists and ophthalmologists diagnosing glaucoma? How comfortable are they with treating and managing the disease?
  • Glaucoma prevalence and focus: How many of your patients have been diagnosed with glaucoma? How important is glaucoma to your practice?
  • Go-to treatments for glaucoma: What are the top first-line and second-line treatments for glaucoma? How comfortable are optometrists and ophthalmologists with the variety of glaucoma treatments available?
  • Referrals and co-management: What do optometrist and ophthalmologists think about the co-management process for glaucoma? How many patients are they referring to other specialists and why?
  • And more!

Confidence in treating glaucoma is high among ophthalmologists and optometrists

This year, optometrists estimated that on average 17% of their patients had been diagnosed with glaucoma, while ophthalmologists estimated that roughly 37% of their patients had been similarly diagnosed. Overall confidence in diagnosis was high among both populations, with an average 7.48 out of 10 among optometrists and 7.72 out of 10 among ophthalmologists.

To see the rest of the data, download the full report!

Similarly, ODs and ophthalmologists reported confidence in treating and managing glaucoma, but optometrists were much less confident in the practice management aspects of glaucoma than their colleagues in ophthalmology (6.5/10 versus 7.25/10).

Topical medications are the go-to first-line treatment for glaucoma, with SLT a favorite among second-line treatments

This year, we followed up with optometrists about their favorite second-line treatments for mild to moderate open angle glaucoma. Last year, following best practices in glaucoma treatment and management, topical medication were the go-to first-line treatment for glaucoma among optometrists, just as they were this year among ophthalmologists. For both optometrists and ophthalmologists, SLT is the most popular second-line treatment for glaucoma.

To see the rest of the data, download the full report!

With SLT growing in popularity, we wondered if optometrists will begin turning to it more as a first-line treatment, especially considering that the number one reason optometrists are not writing more prescriptions for branded medications is due to the cost of those medications.

Optometrists and ophthalmologists want a better co-management process

When it comes to referrals and co-management, it was interesting to see that both optometrists and ophthalmologists were lukewarm on their practices’ co-management processes, with a 6.71/10 from optometrists and an average 6.94/10 for ophthalmologists.

While these numbers aren’t terrible, they can certainly be improved—especially since optometrist respondents reported referring nearly 30% of their glaucoma patients out to an ophthalmologist, primarily for surgical procedures or patients who were not responding to topical medications.

To see the rest of the data, download the full report!

As optometrists’ confidence in treating and managing glaucoma non-surgically grows, we’re hopeful that the co-management processes and relationships between optometrists and ophthalmologists will similarly grow in strength while we continue to collaborate on this and other aspects of our patients’ healthcare.

Learn more about the state of glaucoma treatment and management by downloading the free report!

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About Justin Schweitzer OD, FAAO

Dr. Justin Schweitzer is a fellowship-trained optometrist specializing in the treatment of glaucoma, corneal-related vision conditions, and cataracts at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD.

About Matt Geller, OD

Matt Geller, OD is the co-founder and CEO of CovalentCreative - an independently owned digital marketing agency that provides content, creative, and technology services for forward-thinking eyecare organizations. CovalentCreative is the parent company of EyesOnEyecare.com - a digital publication that …

About Eleanor Gold, PhD

Eleanor Gold is the Managing Editor at Eyes On Eyecare. She is passionate about science communication and education (particularly in the field of eyecare!), holds a PhD in English from the University at Buffalo, and in her spare time enjoys …

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