Ophthalmology and the Ageing Society
ISBN/ASIN: 9783642363238,9783642363245 | 2013 | English | pdf | 233/229 pages | 3.17 Mb
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg | Author: Emily C. Fletcher, Hendrik P. N. Scholl (auth.), Hendrik P.N. Scholl, Robert W. Massof, Sheila West (eds.) | Edition: 1
The ageing of the world’s population is one of the major achievements of modern society. By 2050, an estimated 2 billion people will be aged 60 years or over. However, ageing poses major challenges and this is especially true for the field of ophthalmology, given that the major eye diseases – age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataract – predominantly affect the elderly. The challenges facing ophthalmology in an ageing society have not previously been addressed in a comprehensive way, although there are common denominators of the various eye diseases that affect the elderly. This book provides such a comprehensive overview encompassing epidemiology, risk factors, current treatment and prophylaxis, disability, co-morbidity, and the impact on quality of life. World leaders in their respective fields provide state-of-the-art knowledge on the geriatric aspects of ophthalmology that will help to improve the management of this growing patient population.