01.04.2011

NICE publishes first Glaucoma Quality Standard

NICE publishes first Glaucoma Quality Standard

Posted by Adrian Galbreth

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published its first Glaucoma Quality Standard.

This supports the implementation of a guideline on the management of chronic open angle glaucoma (COAG), suspected COAG and ocular hypertension (OH).

It is hoped that this standard will help healthcare professionals in dealing with these eye conditions and help patients to better understand what treatment they can expect.

"The quality standard describes markers of high-quality, cost-effective care that, when delivered collectively, should contribute to improving the effectiveness, safety and experience of care for people with COAG, suspected COAG and OH," a statement from NICE reads.

It goes on to say that the standard will also reduce the number of registrations for the Certificate for Visual Impairment.

Earlier this month, researchers from the Hamilton Glaucoma Center at the University of California announced that they had developed a contact lens with an embedded pressure sensor that could help monitor glaucoma.

by Martin Burns


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