The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually given 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, as directed by your doctor, or if you:
Note: If you currently have eye symptoms, you should call your doctor for an evaluation. In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
Cataract. American Optometric Association website. Available at: http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/cataract. Accessed November 21, 2013.
Facts about cataract. National Eye Institute. Available at:
http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts.asp. Updated September 2009. Accessed November 21, 2013.
What are cataracts? American Academy of Ophthalmology EyeSmart website. Available at: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/diseases/cataracts.cfm. Accessed November 21, 2013.
What is a cataract? NIH Senior Health website. Available at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/cataract/whatisacataract/01.html. Accessed November 21, 2013.
Last reviewed December 2014 by Michael Woods, MD
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