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“My take on the Task Force statement is that clinical judgment should rule as to whether or not screening is indicated for glaucoma. Family history, race, diabetes, and other risk factors should be considered for such screening, especially in the face of potential asymptomatic damage. How often have doctors said, ‘If you had only come in sooner …’
To the Task Force, I pose the following question: If your mother, father, brother, sister, or child had known risk factors for glaucoma, wouldn’t you want your loved one evaluated before signs and symptoms develop?”
Paul Pender is an ophthalmologist and can be reached at his self-titled site, Dr. Paul Pender. He is the author of Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare: A Doctor’s Prescription for a Post-Pandemic America.
He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “Open-angle glaucoma: To screen or not to screen?”
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