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Vision Screening
US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation

The USPSTF recommends routine vision screening with Snellen acuity testing for elderly persons.

USPSTF Rating:
"B" Recommendation.

(Note: The USPSTF changed this recommendation in 2009, citing insufficient evidence. The rankings included services recommended through 2004.)


FACTS:


 
  • About 25% of older people wear inappropriate visual correction.
     
     
  • Vision correction can reduce hip fractures from falls1 and improve quality of life.
     
     
  1. Day L, Fildes B, Gordon I, Fitzharris M, Flamer H, Lord S. Randomised factorial trial of falls prevention among older people living in their own homes. BMJ 2002 Jul 20;325(7356):128.