Glaucoma screening

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that all people be screened for glaucoma before the age of 40.1 But after reviewing all of the research, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has not recommended for or against glaucoma screening for all adults.2 Still, it is especially important for people who are at increased risk for glaucoma to be tested every year. People at increased risk include those who:

Because people with glaucoma may have normal pressures in their eyes, measuring eye pressure (tonometry) should not be used as the only test for glaucoma. It needs to be combined with other tests before glaucoma can be diagnosed.

For more information, see the topic Glaucoma.


  1. American Academy of Ophthalmology (2005). Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Suspect, Limited Revision (Preferred Practice Pattern). San Francisco: American Academy of Ophthalmology. Also available online:
  2. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2005). Screening for glaucoma: Recommendation statement. Annals of Family Medicine, 3(2): 171–172. Available online:

Last Updated: August 28, 2009

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

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