Eye diseases in the elderly in Singapore.

Ocular disorders in the elderly have become more important because of increased longevity and the demand for good vision. Many serious ocular conditions are age-related and they include cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal conditions. The most important ocular disorder is cataract which fortunately is curable with excellent results when a posterior chamber implant is inserted. Angle closure glaucoma is common in the elderly Singapore Chinese and can be effectively treated with microscopic peripheral iridectomy or trabeculectomy. Blindness from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented with argon laser photocoagulation. In most cases blindness is preventable with early diagnosis e.g. in glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Severe visual loss in the elderly requires careful explanation and compassion by doctors and social workers.
AuthorsA S Lim, C Y Khoo, B C Ang, J Tan, L K Heng
JournalAnnals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (Ann Acad Med Singap) Vol. 16 Issue 1 Pg. 46-53 (Jan 1987) ISSN: 0304-4602 [Print] Singapore
PMID3592594 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Aged
  • Cataract (epidemiology, prevention & control)
  • Eye Diseases (epidemiology, prevention & control)
  • Glaucoma (epidemiology, prevention & control)
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Singapore

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