HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Glaucoma treatment time and costs increase as disease progresses

Delaying the progression of the eye disease glaucoma from advancing to later stages is associated with lower cost of care, according to a study in the January issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Glaucoma affects an estimated 2.2 million Americans older than age 40 years, half of whom remain undiagnosed, the authors provide as background information in the article. "The incidence of glaucoma is expected to rise with the growth of the elderly population. Glaucoma costs the U.S. health care system an estimated $2.5 billion annually: $1.9 billion in direct costs and $0.6 billion in indirect costs," the authors write. Glaucoma is an eye disease characterized by damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision, usually the result of high pressure in the eye.

Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D., from Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues analyzed 151 records of patients with primary open-angle or normal-tension glaucoma, glaucoma suspect, or ocular hypertension to determine if use of physician and other services for low vision care and vision rehabilitation, and direct costs of care increased with progression of disease severity.

"Direct ophthalmology-related resource use, including ophthalmology visits, glaucoma surgeries, and medication use, increased as disease severity worsened," the researchers found. "Average direct cost of treatment ranged from $623 per patient per year for glaucoma suspects or patients with early-stage disease to $2,511 per patient per year for patients with end-stage disease. Medication costs composed the largest proportion of total direct cost for all stages of disease." The researchers add that glaucoma is "generally asymptomatic or nonspecific in its symptoms in its earlier phases, resulting in delayed diagnosis and relatively increased medical vigilance throughout the later stages of the disease."


'"/>

Contact: Tracey Koepke
919-660-1301
JAMA and Archives Journals
9-Jan-2006


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Glaucoma patients appear to have increased eye pressure during sleep
2. Spot on treatment for acne
3. New treatment boosts muscle function in myasthenia gravis
4. New treatment effective in counteracting cocaine-induced symptoms
5. UCLA researchers awarded $9M contract for study identifiying antibiotic treatment for MRSA
6. Preventive treatments in elderly people needs rethinking
7. Osteoporosis screening and treatment may be cost-effective for selected older men
8. Quality of treatment guidelines
9. Green tea holds promise as new treatment for inflammatory skin diseases
10. Many heart attack patients still not getting emergency clot-busting treatment
11. Electric fields have potential as a cancer treatment

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Glaucoma treatment time and costs increase disease progresses

(Date:7/31/2015)... ... 31, 2015 , ... Ticket Down is a reliable source of authentic ... new and refreshing show on Broadway, look no further than Hamilton. This American musical ... Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, and New York Drama ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... July 31, 2015 , ... According ... and cosmetic experts gathered to see if they could reach a consensus on the ... breast augmentation and facelifts. Overall, the group reached 90 percent consensus on a series ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... York (PRWEB) , ... July ... ... attorney Jason T. Brown’s live lecture on pharmaceutical negligence is now available ... 2015 was well received with a 94% approval rating from the nationwide ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... ... July 31, 2015 , ... As part of their company mission, Dallas ... animal welfare organizations is essential to the longevity of their business. It is ... Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS) annual Presents 4 Pets supply drive. ...
(Date:7/31/2015)... ... , ... Transfinder, a software company based in Schenectady, N.Y., achieved record revenue ... for the first six months ended June 30, 2015 compared with the same period ... year’s record-revenue mark of $10.4 million. , “We know what our customers need and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Cheap Hamilton Tickets at Richard Rodgers Theatre: Ticket Down Slashes Ticket Prices for Hamilton in New York City at the Richard Rodgers Theatre 2Health News:Cheap Hamilton Tickets at Richard Rodgers Theatre: Ticket Down Slashes Ticket Prices for Hamilton in New York City at the Richard Rodgers Theatre 3Health News:Cheap Hamilton Tickets at Richard Rodgers Theatre: Ticket Down Slashes Ticket Prices for Hamilton in New York City at the Richard Rodgers Theatre 4Health News:Cheap Hamilton Tickets at Richard Rodgers Theatre: Ticket Down Slashes Ticket Prices for Hamilton in New York City at the Richard Rodgers Theatre 5Health News:Cheap Hamilton Tickets at Richard Rodgers Theatre: Ticket Down Slashes Ticket Prices for Hamilton in New York City at the Richard Rodgers Theatre 6Health News:Cheap Hamilton Tickets at Richard Rodgers Theatre: Ticket Down Slashes Ticket Prices for Hamilton in New York City at the Richard Rodgers Theatre 7Health News:Article on Plastic Surgery Consensus Highlights the Duties of Veteran Plastic Surgeons, says Beverly Hills Physicians 2Health News:Article on Plastic Surgery Consensus Highlights the Duties of Veteran Plastic Surgeons, says Beverly Hills Physicians 3Health News:Re-Broadcast of Nationally Renowned Trial Attorney Jason T. Brown's Lecture on Pharmaceutical Negligence Now Available 2Health News:Dallas-based Park Cities Pet Sitter Selects Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organization “Angie’s Friends” as this Year’s Recipient of their Presents 4 Pets Supply Drive. 2Health News:Dallas-based Park Cities Pet Sitter Selects Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organization “Angie’s Friends” as this Year’s Recipient of their Presents 4 Pets Supply Drive. 3Health News:Dallas-based Park Cities Pet Sitter Selects Non-Profit Animal Welfare Organization “Angie’s Friends” as this Year’s Recipient of their Presents 4 Pets Supply Drive. 4Health News:Transfinder Closes First Half of 2015 with Record Revenue 2
(Date:7/30/2015)... 2015 PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT ... results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2015. ... across the organization.  We are excited to be near ... trial ever conducted with topline results expected in the ... Officer, PTC Therapeutics, Inc. "Translarna is now commercially available ...
(Date:7/30/2015)... 2015  Cleveland Clinic President Wael Barsoum , ... month that industry is compelled to adopt declining reimbursements ... efficiencies—and develop the transformational innovations -- required to thrive ... preceded by Doug Kohrs , past President and ... stressed that industry must add "episode of care," also ...
(Date:7/30/2015)... , July 30, 2015 Future ... report titled, "Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems Market: Global Industry ... the report, the global continuous glucose monitoring systems market ... is expected to reach US$ 788.4 Mn by 2020, ... 2015 to 2020. Global continuous glucose monitoring ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:PTC Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 2PTC Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 3PTC Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 4PTC Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 5PTC Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 6PTC Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 7PTC Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 8PTC Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 9PTC Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results and Provides Corporate Update 10Orthopaedic Surgery Reimbursement Shifts to Episode of Care 2Global Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems Market: Transmitters and Monitors Most Dominant Segment, Says Future Market Insights 2Global Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems Market: Transmitters and Monitors Most Dominant Segment, Says Future Market Insights 3Global Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems Market: Transmitters and Monitors Most Dominant Segment, Says Future Market Insights 4
Cached News: