Screening for glaucoma: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

Ann Intern Med. 2013 Oct 1;159(7):484-9. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-6-201309170-00686.


Description: Update of the 2004 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on screening for glaucoma.

Methods: 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.

Population: This recommendation applies to adults who do not have vision symptoms and are seen in a primary care setting.

Recommendation: 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)

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asymptomatic Diseases
  • Biomedical Research
  • Cost of Illness
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / complications
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / diagnosis*
  • Glaucoma, Open-Angle / therapy*
  • Health Care Costs
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening* / adverse effects
  • Mass Screening* / economics
  • Primary Health Care / economics
  • Quality of Life
  • Risk Assessment
  • Vision Disorders / prevention & control