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Glaucoma Checkups Fall by the Wayside During Pandemic

In yet another sign that the coronavirus pandemic has pushed critical medical care aside, a new survey finds many glaucoma patients have missed appointments for monitoring their eye disease.

More than half (53%) of 1,051 U.S. respondents said they had to delay and/or cancel a glaucoma appointment during the first months of the pandemic, and 36% said they were just somewhat confident or not confident that their glaucoma was well-managed in those months.

Confidence levels were not associated with patients' age, gender, or geography, but significantly associated with whether they'd had appointments.

Patients who ...