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Adult nursing
Navigating the maze of self-management in primary glaucoma: insights from a qualitative study
  1. Mona Khurana1,
  2. Rajiv Raman2
  1. 1Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  2. 2Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rajiv Raman, Shri Bhagwan Mahavir Vitreoretinal Services, Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600006, India; rajivpgraman{at}

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Commentary on: Hua Y, Lu H, Dai J, et al. Self-management challenges and support needs among patients with primary glaucoma: a qualitative study. BMC nursing. 2023 Nov 14;22(1):426.

Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare professionals should provide personalised and comprehensive support, addressing the medical, emotional and social challenges faced by patients with primary glaucoma.

  • Further research is needed to explore the effectiveness of tailored self-management support programmes in improving the quality of life and treatment outcomes for patients with glaucoma.


Glaucoma is a chronic disease characterised by progressive visual field defects. It is the most common cause of irreversible blindness and is associated with a decrease in quality of life.1 Most studies in literature look at specific challenges faced by patients with glaucoma like adherence to medications, driving or depression.2–4 There is a paucity of literature shedding light on the various aspects of the self-management challenges faced …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.