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The average direct cost of glaucoma treatment ranges from $623 per year for patients with early-stage glaucoma, to $2,511 per year for end-stage patients. Medication costs make up the largest proportion of the total direct costs for all stages of the disease.

Lee, Paul P., John G. Walt, John L. Doyle, Sameer V. Kotak, Stacy J. Evans, Donald L. Budenz, Philip P. Chen, Anne L. Coleman, Robert M. Feldman, Henry D. Jampel, L. Jay Katz, Richard P. Mills, Jonathan S. Myers, Robert J. Noecker, et al. A Multicenter, Retrospective Pilot Study of Resource Use and Costs Associated with Severity of Disease in Glaucoma. Archives of Ophthalmology. 2006; 124(1): 12-9. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/124/1/12

Reference

Title
A Multicenter, Retrospective Pilot Study of Resource Use and Costs Associated with Severity of Disease in Glaucoma
Publication
Archives of Ophthalmology
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Lee, Paul P., John G. Walt, John L. Doyle, Sameer V. Kotak, Stacy J. Evans, Donald L. Budenz, Philip P. Chen, Anne L. Coleman, Robert M. Feldman, Henry D. Jampel, L. Jay Katz, Richard P. Mills, Jonathan S. Myers, Robert J. Noecker, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 124, Issue 1
Pages
12-9
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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