The Daily PANCE and PANRE Question 31

The most common cause of preventable blindness in the United States is:

  1. macular degeneration
  2. cataracts
  3. retinal detachments
  4. glaucoma
  5. trauma

Answer: D

Glaucoma

The wording is intentionally difficult in this question. Macular degeneration, retinal detachments, and trauma are not preventable. Cataracts are "curable", but the cataract itself is probably not "preventable." Chronic glaucoma can be treated to prevent blindness this is a matter of semantics.

Know Your Content Blueprint

Glaucoma is covered in the NCCPA™ Content Blueprint EENT (9%)

Review Topic: Glaucoma

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