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June 1995

The Aging Eye and Low Vision: A Study Guide for Physicians

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Kansas City, Mo

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(6):710. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100060034023

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As The Aging Eye and Low Vision points out, any physician caring for the geriatric population will encounter patients with reduced vision. The growing senior population with permanent visual impairment faces many lifestyle disruptions that can successfully be addressed by rehabilitation efforts; all physicians need to be aware of this rehabilitation potential. This book is appropriately titled "A Study Guide for Physicians," which includes ophthalmologists as well as primary care physicians, internists, physiatrists, psychiatrists, and others. It is neither too complex for the non—eye care physician nor too basic for ophthalmologists.

This short, 64-page book is filled with pearls of valuable information on the implications of vision loss and appropriate adaptations. The complex interaction of eye function with hearing, neurological capacity, emotional status, physical impairments, and activities of daily living is highlighted and the need for all caregivers with various expertise to work together as a rehabilitation team is emphasized.

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