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May 1983

Aging and Human Visual Function

Arch Ophthalmol. 1983;101(5):831. doi:10.1001/archopht.1983.01040010831038

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This book contains papers by 31 participants in an interdisciplinary symposium held in April 1980 and sponsored by the Committee on Vision of the National Research Council, plus papers by nine contributors to this volume (which was edited and revised after the symposium). The visual aspect of aging is becoming more important because of the increasing percentage of the population older than 65 years of which at least 5% has vision insufficient for reading.

The editors provide short summaries of content before each of the following sections to promote integration:

  1. Anatomical changes and cell death in the lens, vitreous body, retina, and cerebral cortex, with little emphasis on ocular pathology per se.

  2. Physiological alterations of visual function, including much basicscience information on the lens, vitreous body, and retina. Ordinary testing of central visual acuity, the author claims, is inadequate because of the sharp brightness contrasts in test charts,

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