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Date:3/16/2012

osis. They did not, however, factor in the cost of visual rehabilitation, disability or long-term care in patients with blindness.

"We conclude that routine screening for glaucoma in African American individuals is a potentially clinically effective and economical method to reduce the burden of glaucoma-related visual impairment and blindness, though its absolute benefit is likely to be modest," the authors wrote. "Future studies should also consider long-term costs associated with treatment and the impact of delaying visual impairment on health-related quality of life."

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on glaucoma.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: JAMA and Archives Journals, news release, March 12, 2012


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