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September 1989

Work, Aging, and Vision: Report of a Conference

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass


Work Group on Aging Workers and Visual Impairment, Committee on Vision, Commission on Behavior and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council, 75 pp, Washington, DC, National Academy Press, 1987, $11.50.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(9):1286-1287. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070020356016

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The number of middle-aged workers is rising. The number of Americans 65 years of age and older will double to 50 million in the next 25 years. With these demographic changes in the US labor force, Work, Aging, and Vision: Report of a Conference is a timely and relevant publication.

The aging of the human eye and the resulting changes in visual performance will, for some individuals, have an effect on job performance. A project of the National Academy of Science's Research Council and Committee on Vision, Work, Aging, and Vision: Report of a Conference reviews what is known about changing visual functions related to work performance and recommends steps to take to address changing visual needs.

Brief and to the point, this report is based on the conference papers and discussions of 28 specialists drawn from the fields of gerontology, economics, sociology, statistics, psychology, political science, optometry, opthalmology, engineering,

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