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Vision Impairment in the Elderly


Vision Impairment in the Elderly

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Andrew Lee
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
National Institute on Aging
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This product is part of the GeriaFlix series at the University of Iowa. GeriaFlix are multidisciplinary presentations on topics in clinical geriatrics. Presented in a streaming digital video format with synchronized slides, each presentation lasts approximately 1 hour. In this lecture, Dr. Lee will discuss visual impairment in the elderly population, including the major causes of vision loss and its functional impact on the lives of older people. He will also make recommendations for the screening of visual loss and the role of primary care in evaluation and referral.

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This product is part of a series of digitized lectures devoted to topics in clinical geriatrics designed to teach important principles in the management of older persons. By using this lecture series, learners will be able to improve their overall knowledge about managing common geriatric syndromes; understand the unique health care needs of older patients, differences in the management of common clinical conditions, and how physiologic changes associated with aging impact management; develop a working knowledge of important legal and ethical issues associated with end-of-life care; and understand and apply principles of the multi-disciplinary geriatric assessment.

The learning objectives of this particular digitized presentation are:

  1. Describe the magnitude of the problem of visual loss in the elderly.
  2. Discuss the major causes of visual loss in the elderly (e.g. age-related macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy).
  3. Discuss the functional impact of visual loss on the elderly.
  4. Make recommendations for screening and referring visual loss.
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1 hour
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Andrew Lee. Vision Impairment in the Elderly. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: