Sue Watkinson and her co-authors have used their broad professional and academic knowledge to analyse issues relating to the major ocular diseases affecting the elderly. These include cataract, age-related macular degeneration, chronic open-angle glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, herpes zoster ophthalmicus and dementia.
In addition to describing the pathogenesis, clinical features and risk factors for each disease, they highlight the role of specialist ophthalmic nurses in informing and educating patients, managing ophthalmic treatment procedures, promoting safe environments and maintaining quality of life for elderly individuals suffering from age-related ophthalmic conditions.
Above all, the authors show that providing the right care for this vulnerable group of people in our society will help reduce the economic and psychological burden of sight loss and re-establish a good quality of life for the older person with visual impairment.
Introduction: Ageing and the needs of older people
Older people with visual impairment: Clinical management and care – an overview
Current perspectives on managing older
people with cataract
Older people with age-related macular degeneration
Older people with chronic open-angle glaucoma
Older people with diabetic retinopathy
Common external eye disorders in older people
The older person with herpes zoster ophthalmicus
Managing depression in visually impaired older people
Dementia and visually impaired older people