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July 2004

Is Part of the Ophthalmologist's Role in Age-Related Macular DegenerationChange Management of a Chronic Disease?

Arch Ophthalmol. 2004;122(7):1090. doi:10.1001/archopht.122.7.1090-b

The editorial by Fong et al1 in theJuly 2003 issue of the ARCHIVES raises the question of what the ophthalmologist'srole is when confronted with patients with age-related macular degeneration,for which we do not yet have a cure. Recently, I observed 2 very skilled ophthalmologistsin vision rehabilitation consultations with patients with age-related maculardegeneration, and in each physician's setting, a patient left the examiningroom stating that this ophthalmologist was the best physician he or she hadever seen. What had the ophthalmologists done? They had not reattached a retina.They had not taken out a cataract. They had not performed refractive surgery.

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