Cost‑effectiveness of Tracking Patients with Glaucoma

A comprehensive eye exam that involves visual field and imaging tests is currently the only way to detect glaucoma. To detect the progression of glaucoma, the same examinations have to be performed regularly. However, in some cases the associated costs (both financial and time) can be high, while in others, unnecessarily close vigilance takes resources away from those glaucoma patients who need it more.

In this research, we will evaluate different combinations of examination modalities and their frequency to examine cost-effectiveness for optimal progression detection. A complete cost profile will be made considering initial and follow-up costs. This research will help clinicians determine the best manner in which to detect progression based on the individual patient, while at the same time using our limited resources in a more cost-effective manner.