Evidence Insufficient to Make Recommendation on POAG Screening, Says USPSTF

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is proposing a draft recommendation statement indicating that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for primary open-angle glaucoma in adults. The recommendation applies only to adults without vision symptoms who are seen in a primary care setting. According to the draft statement, open-angle glaucoma affects approximately 2.5 million Americans and is a leading cause of impaired visual function and blindness. Approximately 62 percent of Medicare patients received screening for glaucoma in 2009. (Source: AAFP Health of the Public)