In a first research of its kind, Liverpool researchers have found that Compliance levels of glaucoma treatments may be affected by religious beliefs. They came to the decision after analysing 350 surveys completed by members of the world's seven major faiths: Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Bahai and Buddhism. This is believed to be the first study of its kind.
For example, they find some patients stogp using eye drops during religious fasting periods such as Ramadan. The majority of Christian, Buddhist and Bahi survey respondents said that they did not believe using eye drops would break their fasts.
The findings were presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the European Society of Ophthalmology.