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Targeted screening may be a cost effective way to detect glaucoma

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 29 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1114
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Targeted screening of particular groups for open angle glaucoma would be more cost effective than testing the general population, a UK modelling study concludes.

    The study compared different strategies for screening for open angle glaucoma (the commonest type of glaucoma, which is the leading cause of irreversible blindness) by reviewing the existing research evidence for effectiveness and cost effectiveness.

    One strategy was for a glaucoma screening technician to measure intraocular pressure and then do a second test from a range of possible tests to screen people considered to be at risk of open angle glaucoma. The United Kingdom doesn't currently have glaucoma screening technicians, but the researchers assumed that staff could …

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