Aging Eye: Prevention, Management, and Remediation of Age-Related Diseases

Theodore Grosvenor, OD, PhD, FAAO

COPE #16553-GO

Expires April 1, 2009

3 credits, $59

Section: Geriatric Optometry

Introduction:

Many eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, and many systemic diseases with ocular consequences, such as type 2 diabetes, occur with increasing frequency as patients age.

Currently, macular degeneration is a major cause of age-related vision loss in North America, and, because of what might be called an ‘epidemic of obesity,’ diabetic retinopathy is the second most common cause of age-related vision loss. Glaucoma and age-related cataracts are the third and fourth most common causes of age-related vision loss: however, because age-related cataracts are currently considered as a 'temporary visual acuity loss' -- due the the currently available methods of cataract extraction with implantation of an IOL - they are discussed in another course.

 

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