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Glaucoma Screening

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The Canadian Ophthalmological Society recommends that people have eye examinations according to their age and risk factors. If you are at risk for glaucoma, see an eye doctor at least every 3 years if you are over 40, at least every 2 years if you are over 50, and at least once a year if you are over 60.1 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. Canadian Ophthalmological Society (2007). Canadian Ophthalmological Society evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the periodic eye examination in adults in Canada. Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, 42 :39–45.


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
Last Revised August 2, 2010

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