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The art of patient communication

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It is much easier to capture and retain a patients’ attention if they present with a corneal foreign body than it is to have the same patient listen to you explain the significance of their newly diagnosed – or ongoing – glaucoma. The range of significance of the various glaucoma conversations can be as seemingly benign as discussing the significance of a positive family history to as attention-grabbing as managing a case of painful, acute angle closure. Most of our glaucoma patients reside somewhere between these two extremes. The typically painless and frequently unremarkable presenting and ongoing symptoms associated with most glaucoma patients sometimes makes it difficult to convey the significance of this silent thief of sight. Poor patient comprehension partially linked to inefficient patient education contributes to the staggeringly poor compliance rates of glaucoma patients.