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Medicolegal aspects of glaucoma care.

Malpractice suits related to glaucoma fall into four general categories: failure to make the diagnosis of glaucoma or its progression, complications of glaucoma therapy, iatrogenic (especially steroid) induction of the disease, and treatment intervention beyond the physician's level of skill. The ophthalmologist's knowledge of possible pitfalls and the ability to communicate about risks and reasonable expectations are the basis of a long-term, litigation-free relationship with the glaucoma patient.

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