Pearls from the EGS Guidelines
Publishing date: July 2019
Pearls Manager: Andrew Tatham
Obstacles to glaucoma medication adherence include; 1) situational and environmental factors such as major life events or unpredictable lifestyle; 2) medication factors including medication costs, side effects and complicated dosing regimens; 3) patient factors including comorbidities and poor understanding of the disease; and 4) provider factors such as poor communication. The most important measures for improving adherence are informing the patient about their disease and finding a therapeutic regimen which fits in with their lifestyle. A patient who complains about side effects is not usually adherent to therapy.
EGS Guidelines, 4th edition, Page 159.
Reference: Tsai JC, McClure CA, Ramos SE, et al. Compliance barriers in glaucoma: a systematic classification. J Glaucoma 2003;12(5):393-8.