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Best Glaucoma Treatments Still a Puzzle

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Regarding screening for the condition, the task force issued a draft statement -- preceding a final recommendation -- saying it cannot make a recommendation for or against glaucoma screening among adults with no vision problems because of a lack of clear evidence on its benefits and risks.

"Glaucoma is an important problem, but unfortunately we don't know enough to make a recommendation for screening in primary care," Siu said. "We recognize doctors and patients have to make decisions anyway, given imperfect information. We might consider the fact that older and African-American patients have greater risks and should be seen by an eye care professional on a more regular basis."

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The Glaucoma Research Foundation offers more information on the types of glaucoma.

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