Last updated on: 4/7/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

American Glaucoma Society Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he mainstay of treatment for glaucoma patients is lowering the IOP [intraocular pressure]… Although marijuana can lower the intraocular pressure (IOP), its side effects and short duration of action, coupled with a lack of evidence that it use alters the course of glaucoma, preclude recommending this drug in any form for the treatment of glaucoma at the present time.”

“Position Statement on the Marijuana and the Treatment of Glaucoma,” American Glaucoma Society website, Aug. 10, 2009 (confirmed as current position on Apr. 7, 2014)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The American Glaucoma Society (AGS) is comprised of Glaucoma Specialists dedicated to sharing clinical and scientific information for the benefit of patients, colleagues, fellows and residents…

The AGS provides a collegial atmosphere for its members to exchange insights and ideas, with a common goal of conquering this blinding disease.”

“About AGS,” American Glaucoma Society website (accessed Apr. 7, 2014)

Mission:

“The mission of the American Glaucoma Society is to promote excellence in the care of patients with glaucoma and preserve or enhance vision by supporting glaucoma specialists and scientists through the advancement of education and research.”

Homepage, American Glaucoma Society website (accessed Apr. 7, 2014)

Other:
Professional society
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Glaucoma?