Quality of Life surveys have become more commonplace in Optometry. The COVD-QOL scores for example have been shown to correlate with children having academic problems. It’s a pleasant surprise to see QOL surveys make their way to front page news in Primary Care circles.
The Sanet Vision Integrator (SVI) is not a device you’d normally associate with glaucoma, but there it is – front and almost center – in the current issue of Primary Care Optometry News (PCON). I chatted briefly with our colleague, Dr. Scott Edmonds, a former student of mine at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, and he is at the vanguard of importing functional therapy and rehabilitation into the thinking of Glaucoma Societies.
The August PCON article has a great quote on p. 8: “Clinically, one may assume that an individual with early glaucoma but normal visual field testing has no functional disability, but we have demonstrated that this, in fact, is not true. Early glaucoma might cause functional disability even if none is demonstrated objectively.”
Might this be the dawn of a new era, in which the divide between disease and function is narrowing?