USPSTF Reviews Therapies for Open-Angle Glaucoma

USPSTF reviews therapies for open-angle glaucoma
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently reviewed the comparative evidence of medical, laser and surgical treatments to inform its recommendations on screening for open-angle glaucoma. The Recommendation Statement, which was published in the Feb. 19 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, was written after researchers reviewed the literature and identified 379 eligible publications and 23 eligible systematic reviews. The doctors, led by Michael V. Boland from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, identified high-level evidence suggesting that medical, surgical and laser treatments all reduced intraocular pressure. Moreover, the comparative efficacy of different treatments was not clear, and the direct effect of treatment on visual impairment was not certain.

Read the Draft Recommendation Statement:
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/draftrec.htm

Minimizing the Practice Pain Factors

by Ron Blue

1. BEING PLACED ON HOLD 

First, always ask the patient, “Do you mind holding?”  Allow them to answer and then, before placing them on hold, reply, “Thank you for helping me” or “Thank you”. Read more