Commissioning Guide for Glaucoma 2016

  • 01 Jun 2016
  • RCOphth and the Clinical Council for Eye Heath Commissioning

Glaucoma is a common sight threatening disease that affects the optic nerve. If not diagnosed, monitored and treated correctly, glaucoma can result in severe loss of vision or blindness. Approximately 10% of UK blindness registrations are related to glaucoma. Vision lost due to glaucoma is not recoverable. Therefore, successful management of glaucoma requires lifelong monitoring and treatment to prevent or minimise further vision loss; on average a person diagnosed with glaucoma will have one initial visit and 40 follow up visits.

Commissioning Guidance aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities, support local service redesign to ensure the provision of high quality, cost-effective services that meet the needs of the local population, and take into account patient experience. This guidance is a resource to assist commissioners, clinicians and managers deliver high quality and evidence and outcome-based healthcare across England and beyond.