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Rising Healthcare Expenditure to Support Growth of Global Glaucoma Market
Date: 19 May 2017

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which result in damage to the optic nerve and vision loss. The most common type is open-angle glaucoma with less common types including closed-angle glaucoma and normal-tension glaucoma. Open-angle glaucoma develops slowly over time and there is no pain. Side vision may begin to decrease followed by central vision resulting in blindness, if not treated. Closed-angle glaucoma can present gradually or suddenly. The sudden presentation may involve severe eye pain, blurred vision, mid-dilated pupil, redness of the eye, and nausea. Vision loss from glaucoma, once it has occurred, is permanent.


Though, glaucoma cannot be cured completely but the disease progression can be controlled with the help of available treatments. There are three types of modalities available for treatment of glaucoma: Drugs, Laser and Invasive Surgery. Further, based upon the approaches employed for the medication, it can be segmented into two parts: PGA Medication and Non-PGA Medication. The PGA approach reduces IOP with the help of prostaglandin (PGA). The non-PGA medication can be further divided into four sub segments: Beta blockers, Alpha blockers, Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (CAIs) and Combination Products.


The global healthcare expenditure is indicative of expenditure on medical infrastructure and facilities such as medical cover and reimbursement. The cost of glaucoma therapy is substantial and perhaps even higher in terms of efforts and quality of life. Better medical facilities and efforts of government to either subsidize or reimburse the cost of therapy will eventually help in patients’ adherence to therapy. The resulting higher adoption rate and continuation of drugs therapy will eventually lead to higher market penetration. Thus, rising healthcare expenditure is a crucial growth driver for the market.


The report “Global Glaucoma Market: Industry Analysis & Outlook (2017-2021)” analyzes the development of this market, with focus on the US and OUS treatment market. The major trends, growth drivers as well as issues being faced by the market are discussed in detail in this report. The four major players: Pfizer Inc., Novartis AG, Merck & Co., Inc. and Allergan Plc. are being profiled along with their key financials and strategies for growth. The report contains a comprehensive analysis of the global glaucoma market along with the study of the US market.

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