Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH; and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force *
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Update of the 2004 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for glaucoma.
The USPSTF reviewed evidence on the benefits and harms of screening for glaucoma and of medical and surgical treatment of early glaucoma. Beneficial outcomes of interest included improved vision-related quality of life and reduced progression of early asymptomatic glaucoma to vision-related impairment. The USPSTF also considered evidence on the accuracy of glaucoma screening tests.
This recommendation applies to adults who do not have vision symptoms and are seen in a primary care setting.
The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for primary open-angle glaucoma in adults. (I statement)
Screening for glaucoma: clinical summary of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation.
Appendix Table 1. What the USPSTF Grades Mean and Suggestions for Practice
Appendix Table 2. USPSTF Levels of Certainty Regarding Net Benefit
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Moyer VA, and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for Glaucoma: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med. ;159:484–489. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-6-201309170-00686
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