The amount being spent on medication for glaucoma has increased by almost 100 per cent in recent years, a report has revealed, indicating an increase in the number of sufferers around the globe.
Data in a report published by Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, shows that the number of people suffering from glaucoma is expected to rise by 50 per cent in the next decade.
"There is a direct correlation between increased expenditure and increased severity of glaucoma, with medication consisting of one-third to one-half of direct costs," the authors explained.
This highlights the need for the development of new, less expensive treatments for the eye condition which can help to cut healthcare cost while dealing with the rising number of sufferers, the experts said.
Recently, David Cartwright, director of professional services for a large high street Opticians, said there are many very serious conditions which can be identified through having an eye test, including glaucoma.
by Alexa Kaczka