Who should receive primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) screening?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Kristin Schmid Biggerstaff, MD; Chief Editor: Inci Irak Dersu, MD, MPH  more...
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Screening the general population for POAG is most effective if targeted toward those at high risk, such as African Americans and elderly individuals, especially if the screening consists of IOP measurements combined with assessment of optic nerve status.

Perform screening at least every 3-5 years in asymptomatic patients aged 40 years or younger and more often if the person is African American or older than 40 years. For those with multiple risk factors, evaluate and monitor on a more frequent basis, as appropriate.

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