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The prevalence of glaucoma and ocular surface disease

A large number of my glaucoma patients express to me that their eyes are red, burn, feel irritated, and their vision fluctuates throughout the day. They wish there was a way to get relief without increasing the chances of their glaucoma worsening. This scenario is common in any clinic that manages patients with glaucoma. The prevalence of glaucoma and ocular surface disease increases with age, so many times these conditions occur simultaneously. Adding to the increase in prevalence as our patient’s age is that ocular surface disease has been shown to be more prevalent in glaucoma patients on topical glaucoma medications.

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Justin Schweitzer
Dr. Justin Schweitzer specializes in advanced glaucoma, refractive surgical clinical care, and anterior segment pathology at Vance Thompson Vision. He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. In 2012 he pursued his dream to focus on glaucoma, advanced anterior segment surgery care and pathology. He completed his residency at Vance Thompson Vision in 2013. Dr. Schweitzer is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at The Illinois College of Optometry and regularly lectures on glaucoma, anterior segment pathology, refractive surgical clinical care, and surgical management. Dr. Schweitzer is a member of the Optometric Glaucoma Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Scleral Lens Education Society, American Optometric Association, Intrepid Eye Society, Optometric Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Society, and South Dakota Optometric Society and has had multiple articles published in scientific journals. Dr. Schweitzer has research interests in minimally invasive glaucoma surgery and biomechanical properties of the cornea as it relates to glaucoma.

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