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Screening for Glaucoma

The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are given to people who do not have current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for glaucoma.

Screening Guidelines

Glaucoma screening is done as part of a routine eye exam. A person should have an eye exam by age 40 and additional eye exams:

  • Every 2 to 4 years between the ages of 40 and 54
  • Every 1 to 3 years between the ages of 55 and 64
  • Every 1 to 2 years at age 65 and over

A tonometry test will be done to measure the pressure inside the eye. A puff of air may be blown onto the cornea to take the reading. Or a small plastic device may be pushed against the eye to measure it.

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Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD  Last Updated: 4/29/2020