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Glaucoma Patients Spending More on Medications

Glaucoma patients in the US are spending more on medications to treat the eye disease, reveals a new study. In 2001, average spending for glaucoma medicines was $445, which rose to $557 by 2006.

Certain groups of patients face higher costs for treatment. Among these are women, those with public health insurance, and people without high school diplomas. Medicare patients spent more on glaucoma treatment compared to people having private insurance.

Glaucoma is one the leading causes for blindness in the US. The disease is becoming more prevalent as the country’s population is starting to age. The researchers say this fact means the prices of glaucoma medications will only increase in the future. This study was published online in a journal named Archives of Ophthalmology.

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