Screening for Cataracts
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Screening is done to find a health problem early and treat it. Tests are usually given to people who do not have symptoms but who may be at high risk for the health problem.
Ask your doctor when you should be screened. Healthy adults who are not at risk for eye disease may be screened:
You may need to be screened more often if you:
A full eye exam screens for cataracts. The exam may have a:
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Vision screening recommendations for adults over 60. American Academy of Ophthalmology website. Available at: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/seniors-screening. Updated March 3, 2014. Accessed February 13, 2019.
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review BoardJames P. Cornell, MD
Last Updated: 2/13/2019
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