The metro areas of New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago account for 13 percent of the US glaucoma and ocular hypertension population. However, on a per capita share basis, most of the metro areas in Florida stand out for glaucoma disease, driven largely by the state’s high median age. Naples, Florida, has the highest concentration of glaucoma patients in the United States, according to Market Scope.
These insights and more can be found in Market Scope’s new Glaucoma Atlas, which provides an objective, data-driven tool to compare the glaucoma treatment landscape across US geographies.
Dallas and Cincinnati are distinct for their volume and concentration of high-volume cataract surgeons. Philadelphia and Seattle have above-average glaucoma laser treatments per year.
Shreveport, Louisiana, and Santa Barbara, California, draw attention for their high adoption rates of MIGS and canal-based procedures; throughout US metros, MIGS/CB adoption rates range from 0 to 59 percent. (Note: MIGS/CB procedures are defined as minimally invasive/microsurgical technologies and techniques for draining aqueous and are not filtering or tube surgery. These techniques are typically less invasive and simpler to perform.)
To understand the potential for glaucoma treatment more completely, Market Scope analyzed historical reimbursement records, population by age, income and health status, and cataract and glaucoma surgery trends, in addition to counting facilities and providers by geographic area. When these data are combined, a picture emerges of the overall US glaucoma market opportunity by detailed geography.
Market Scope has developed the MedOp Index Analysis to estimate the opportunities for glaucoma treatment in each metropolitan area.
This proprietary methodology identifies the potential for glaucoma treatment based on the key demographics of the population, volume and concentration of glaucoma and cataract surgeons, laser and surgical treatment volumes, and overall MIGS/CB procedure adoption rates.
The MedOp Index Analysis uncovers trends and pockets of opportunity throughout the US. Metros are ranked and benchmarked against one another. As an example, the Ohio metro areas of Cleveland and Columbus are similar in population size and less than 200 miles apart, yet Cleveland scores much higher (ranked 26th) than Columbus (ranked 49th). The population of Cleveland is older, with 26 percent of the metro area over age 60 versus 19 percent in Columbus. Cleveland also has more high-volume surgeons and higher adoption of MIGS/CB procedures.
Market Scope’s “2020 United States Glaucoma Atlas” was published in February.