Quality of Life in Glaucoma: A Review of the Literature

Luciano Quaranta, Ivano Riva, Chiara Gerardi, Francesco Oddone, Irene Floriano, Anastasios G P Konstas

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The ultimate goal of glaucoma management is the preservation of patients’ visual function and quality of life (QoL). The disease itself as well as the medical or surgical treatment can have an enormous impact on a patient’s QoL. Even the mere diagnosis of a chronic, irreversible, potentially blinding disorder can adversely affect the patient’s sense of well-being and QoL by eliciting significant anxiety. Patients with primary open-angle glaucoma rarely present with visual symptoms, at least early in the course of the disease. A better understanding of patient-reported QoL can improve patient–physician interaction and enhance treatment adherence by customizing treatment options based on individual patient profile, thus optimizing long-term prognosis. These aspects are summarized and critically appraised in this article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959-981
Number of pages23
JournalAdvances in Therapy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Glaucoma
  • Ophthalmology
  • Quality of life
  • Quality of life assessment
  • Visual field loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Medicine(all)


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