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The US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation on Vision Screening in Older Adults A Narrow View

David W. Parke II, MD1; Michael X. Repka, MD, MBA2; Flora Lum, MD1
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1American Academy of Ophthalmology, San Francisco, California
2Wilmer Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;134(5):485-486. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.0222.
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This Viewpoint critiques the US Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation regarding vision screening in older adults, arguing that the focus of the recommendation is too narrow.

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that “…the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in older adults.”1 Its recommendations for primary care, including for adults 65 years and older without vision signs or symptoms, have major policy and coverage effects.

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