Why do ophthalmologists choose a particular course of glaucoma treatment?
In this pilot study, researchers sought to determine treatment pattern variations between physicians caring for patients with glaucoma, including physicians who completed glaucoma fellowship and those who did not.
Members of the Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology were sent an 18-question survey on common clinical scenarios and treatment preferences and practice patterns.
Overall, 28 surveys were returned, 13 completed by physicians who completed glaucoma fellowship and 15 completed by physicians who had not, of which 5 were incomplete.
The glaucoma fellowship group and the comprehensive ophthalmologist group had different initial treatment preferences, although most favored topical therapy and 33% recommended SLT.
The researchers noted that no respondents “regularly utilized the newer glaucoma agents as primary therapy or even secondary therapy.”
In addition, the majority of surveyed ophthalmologists said they were reluctant to remove non-visually-significant cataracts in the treatment of angle-closure glaucoma.
Patel V, et al. Behavioral Glaucoma: A Pilot Study. Presented at ASCRS 2022.