Review decision: November 2015

We checked this guideline and decided that it should be updated. For details, see the update decision, decision matrix and the process for deciding if an update is needed. Details of the update will be available on the guidelines in development webpage in due course. No further checks of this guideline will be scheduled until this update is published.

The advice in the NICE guideline covers the diagnosis, treatment and care of:

  • adults (18 years and over) with a diagnosis of the condition known as 'chronic open angle glaucoma'
  • adults with a diagnosis of ocular hypertension (raised eye pressure)
  • adults who are at a high risk of developing glaucoma.

It does not specifically look at the treatment and care of:

  • people under 18 years
  • people with secondary glaucoma (glaucoma that is caused by other eye conditions, such as injury or inflammation)
  • people with, or at risk of, types of glaucoma known as 'angle closure glaucoma (primary or secondary)' or acute glaucoma
  • adults who have had glaucoma since birth or childhood

This guideline was previously called glaucoma: diagnosis and management of chronic open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension.

Your responsibility

The recommendations in this guideline represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, professionals are expected to take this guideline fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients or service users. The application of the recommendations in this guideline is not mandatory and the guideline does not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.

Local commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to enable the guideline to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients or service users wish to use it. They should do so in the context of local and national priorities for funding and developing services, and in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities. Nothing in this guideline should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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