Glaucoma surgery improves quality of life but does not reduce rate of blindness

PHILADELPHIA — Despite steady improvements in recent decades, glaucoma surgery has a minimal impact on blindness from glaucoma in the United States, a guest speaker said here.“We really haven’t changed anything in 30 years, I’m sorry to say,” Peter A. Netland, MD, PhD, said during the Arthur J. Bedell Lecture at the Wills Eye Institute Annual Conference. “Glaucoma surgery really has a minimal impact on blindness due to glaucoma. Even if we had the perfect surgery, if it was 100% effective, zero complications, zero difficulty and 100% convenient … we’d (Read more...)

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