A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) this month found that in glaucoma patients, allowing them to access their medical data had a positive impact on the effectiveness of their glaucoma medication.
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness. The majority of glaucoma patients need to use antiglaucoma ophthalmic solutions over the course of their life. Good adherence and a commitment to glaucoma treatment are important factors for better glaucoma care and health improvements for people living with glaucoma.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of an Internet-based glaucoma care support system on glaucoma medication use.
Patients were randomly divided into two groups. The non–Internet access (NIA) group consisted of patients who had access to the Internet-based glaucoma care support system during the 4-year period only when they were examined by ophthalmologists. The Internet access(IA) group consisted of patients who had the same Internet-based glaucoma care support system access as the NIA group for the first 2 years following enrollment but who were also given free access to the glaucoma care support system for the remaining 2 years. Changes in glaucoma medication use were investigated.
The study concludes that allowing patients to browse their medical data may reduce the use and improve the effectiveness of glaucoma medication. The full study can be read here.