To investigate whether osteoporosis patient organization members with advanced health awareness can identify their risk for glaucoma.
Members of an osteoporosis patient organization group were provided with structured written information on risk factors for glaucoma. Later, the participants completed questionnaires on their risk for glaucoma (average vs. increased), demographics, trait anxiety (Trait Anxiety Inventory), health anxiety (Shortened Health Anxiety Inventory), and underwent a detailed screening for glaucoma. Participants classified as possible glaucoma cases later underwent a detailed glaucoma investigation.
The average age of 114 self-recruited White attendees (107 female and 7 male) was 70.9 years (range, 41 to 88 y). The final prevalence of glaucoma was 7.9%. Forty-three participants indicated an increased risk for glaucoma and 71 participants did not estimate his/her risk to be increased. No relationship was found between the participants' response on the glaucoma risk assessment questionnaire and presence of glaucoma (Fisher exact test, P=0.725), presence of any risk factor of glaucoma (P>0.473 for all risk factors), various sociodemographic parameters (χ2 test, P>0.05 for all parameters), trait anxiety (Mann-Whitney test, P=0.178), or health anxiety (P=0.204).
Our results suggest that even when general health information and awareness training sessions are regularly given to elderly members of a nonglaucoma patient organization, self-assessment of risk for glaucoma may remain poor among the members.