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February 10, 1962

Vision of the Aging Patient

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Excerpted from Arch Ophthal 67:113 (Jan.) 1962.

JAMA. 1962;179(6):473. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050060083028

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Fifteen authors combine to make this book a worthwhile addition to every ophthalmological library. The contributors include Ph.D.'s and optometrists. All have in common a background of extensive teaching and academic interest. Since this book is optometrically slanted, there will be those who will disagree with many points, but the indisputable worth of the book outbalances the dissension. The section on pathology of the eye is sparse which is to be expected when one tries to condense this subject into 2 short chapters. An excellent general introduction including social implications paves the way for interesting chapters on physiology, visual acuity, refraction, and accommodation aspects of the aging. There is a section on partial vision and optical aids. The special problem of adjusting spectacles is considered. Contact lenses are discussed as well as the problems and opportunities for rehabilitation. In all, there are 17 chapters and a bibliography. The reader cannot

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