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Glaucoma Diagnostics for the Clinician ‘OPEN YOUR EYES’ your Pivotal Role in Improving Glaucoma Care in our High Risk Population

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2016.090
Synopsis: 
Patients of Caribbean origins are known to have the highest prevalence of glaucoma globally. Despite this, patient awareness and education are low. Clinicians can help reduce the burden of blindness by the identification of high risk patients, an early referral to an ophthalmologist and by reinforcing modern glaucoma therapeutics both medically and surgically

ABSTRACT

Glaucoma is the world's leading cause of irreversible blindness. Despite this, up to 90% of patients in the developing world are under diagnosed.

Glaucoma-related blindness in the Caribbean is an eye opener. The earlier age, advanced optic neuropathy, rapid progression coupled with education and cultural barriers all make for a unique challenge.

Accepted: 
15 Jun, 2016
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e-Published: 30 Jun, 2016

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