Screening for Cataracts
by Rick Alan
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
A comprehensive eye examination screens for cataracts. This examination should include:
Ask your doctor for guidelines specific to your individual situation. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following general screening guidelines for healthy adults with no risk factors for eye disease:
You should be screened more often, or as directed by your doctor, if you:
Cautionary Note: If you currently have eye symptoms, you should call your provider immediately for an evaluation. In case of an emergency, call for an ambulance immediately.
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
The Merck Manual of Medical Information, 17th edition. Simon and Schuster, Inc;2000.
National Eye Institute
Last reviewed October 2004 by Kimberly Rask, MD, PhD
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