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Editorial
March 1, 2016

Visual Acuity Screening Among Asymptomatic Older Adults

Author Affiliations
  • 1W. K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2016;315(9):875-876. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1271

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a critical contributor in translating research into practical recommendations for policy makers, payers, care professionals, and the public. By using techniques grounded in best-practice, evidence-based medicine, the USPSTF’s Evidence Reports and Recommendation Statements for screening seek to provide clear insights into the state of documented knowledge and associated implications.

As reported in this issue of JAMA, based on an updated review of the evidence on screening for visual acuity impairment associated with uncorrected refractive error, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in adults 65 years or older in the primary care setting, the USPSTF concluded that “current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in older adults. (I statement)”1 The updated Evidence Report on visual acuity screening2 and the USPSTF Recommendation Statement1 illustrate the strengths of the USPSTF approach.

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