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New Edition of Glaucoma Booklet is Definitive Resource for Patients

Posted on May 05, 2020 by Glaucoma Research Foundation

The new 2020 edition of Glaucoma Research Foundation's booklet for patients "Understanding and Living with Glaucoma" is available for download from our website now. This definitive resource for glaucoma patients has been re-written, re-organized, edited, and reviewed for medical accuracy by leading glaucoma specialists in coordination with preferred practice patterns recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

The 2020 booklet features new and updated illustrations and diagrams, with explanations of glaucoma diagnostics and treatments that are detailed yet easy for patients to understand. The new edition has been expanded to 40 pages including sections on Understanding Glaucoma, Different Types of Glaucoma, Detecting Glaucoma, Treating Glaucoma, and Living with Glaucoma.


New in this edition:

  • Frequently Asked Questions about glaucoma
  • Updated information about selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) for treatment of open-angle glaucoma
  • More information about Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) treatment options
  • A discussion about “unapproved treatments” for glaucoma
  • An updated Guide to Glaucoma Medications

What Glaucoma Specialists Are Saying about "Understanding and Living with Glaucoma"


“This is an excellent book that I give to all my newly diagnosed glaucoma patients that answers a lot of need-to-know questions in clear wording that can really help!”

- Constance Okeke, MD, MSCE, Virginia Eye Consultants


"The patient booklet 'Understanding and Living with Glaucoma' does a quite remarkable job in explaining glaucoma together with diagnostic tools and treatment options, thoroughly, but in a concise and understandable format."

- L. Jay Katz, MD, Chief of the Wills Eye Glaucoma Service


"Understanding and Living with Glaucoma is an indispensable resource for every glaucoma patient and their family, conveying clear, concise, and easily understandable information. The reader will be thoroughly informed of all aspects of diagnosis, testing, follow-up and treatments of this insidious, chronic, sight threatening disease."

- Andrew Prince, MD (Glaucoma Specialist, New York, NY)

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"For some patients, a new diagnosis of glaucoma can be frightening. As a physician who just diagnosed someone with glaucoma, giving them a resource like this to take home makes me feel I have done a better job educating them and getting them through the experience."

- Oluwatosin Smith, MD, Glaucoma Associates of Texas

Request and Download Your Free Booklet

Order our free 40-page booklet about glaucoma for yourself or a friend or family member.

Please note:

  1. We will mail the booklet anywhere in the United States and Canada, but we do not ship internationally. If you are outside the US or Canada, please download the PDF.
  2. At this time, due to COVID-19 ‘Shelter in Place’ restrictions, our San Francisco office is closed. Our staff continues to work remotely to advance our mission. However, we are not mailing booklets from our office until further notice. Your booklet will be mailed to you when we have returned to the office. We encourage you to download the PDF in the meantime.

The 2020 edition of "Understanding and Living with Glaucoma" has been supported by an educational grant from Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. We are grateful for their support of this important information resource for glaucoma patients, their families, and their caregivers.

Last reviewed on June 22, 2020

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