241564 Glaucoma in a New York City Jail Population

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Milan Ranka, MD , Department of Ophthalmology, New York University, New York, NY
Tracy Wright, MD , Department of Ophthalmology, New York University, New York, NY
Gustavo De Moraes, MD , Department of Ophthalmology, New York University, New York, NY
Homer D. Venters, MD , Correctional Health Services, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygeine, East Elmhurst, NY
Christopher C. Teng, MD , Department of Ophthalmology, New York University, New York, NY
Purpose: Incarceration affords an opportunity to provide ophthalmologic care to populations with otherwise limited access in the community. Inmates have higher rates of diabetes and ocular trauma compared to the general population, which put them at risk for glaucoma. The objective of this study was to evaluate the rate and severity of glaucoma in a New York City jail population. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of the medical records of 533 male inmates referred from Riker's Island Jail seen by the Bellevue Hospital Ophthalmology Consult Service from 2005-2010. Medical records were reviewed for sociodemographics, medical history, diagnosis, intraocular pressure (IOP), cup to disc ratio (c/d), and number of follow up visits. Results: The average age was 38.8 13.2 years old (range 16 to 78). 60% were African American, 27.0% were Hispanic, 10% were Caucasian, and 3% other. Thirty-four patients (6%) were diagnosed with glaucoma: 3 patients (8%) had angle recession glaucoma, 3 patients had traumatic glaucoma (8%), 1 patient (3%) had chronic angle closure glaucoma, and 27 patients (79%) had primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). Average c/d on examination was 0.39 0.17 for all patients vs. 0.720.19 for glaucoma patients (p<0.01). Six of the 34 patients returned for automated perimetry (average mean deviation: -16.9 11). Of the 34 patients, 9 (26%) had no documented history of previously seeing an ophthalmologist. The average age for glaucoma patients was 50.2 12.6 (p<0.01), with 27 African American patients (79%) and 4 Caucasian patients (12%). Average IOP of glaucoma patients was 21.4 11.1, while the average IOP of the overall population was 14.8 11.1 (p<0.01). Additionally, 43 patients (8%) were diagnosed as glaucoma suspects secondary to increased c/d, cup to disc asymmetry, or elevated IOP. Of this group, only 8 patients returned for follow up examination. Conclusions: Among incarcerated individuals referred for ophthalmologic care, 6% had glaucoma and 8% were glaucoma suspects, with a greater number being African American. Jail may be an important entry point for ophthalmologic care and may be a good opportunity to engage at risk individuals.

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Learning Objectives:
To analyze the types and severity of glaucoma in a prison population To evaluate for possible predisposing conditions or correlating factors that contribute to glaucoma To determine the medical care received by this population prior to presentation and subsequent follow up care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present this material as I am an Ophthalmology resident and performed this research study. Our research team includes four ophthalmologists, and the medical director for the NYC Department of Corrections.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.