Senile Macular Degeneration: The Effects and Management

Lovie-Kitchin, Jan E., Farmer, Elizabeth J., & Bowman, Kenneth J. (1983) Senile Macular Degeneration: The Effects and Management. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 66(5), pp. 173-193.


This paper aims to identify the population affected by the ocular disease, senile macular degeneration (SMD). We examine the available data on the prevalence and incidence of the disease, the age, sex and race of those affected and risk factors associated with this condition. Using these data, we suggest a profile for the 'typical' patient with SMD.

We estimate that there are more that 249000 persons in Australia with SMD in one or both eyes. Approximately 10000 of these are legally blind. With the increasing proportion of aged pesons in our population, private practitioners will be increasingly required to provide vision rehabilitation to persons with SMD.

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ID Code: 5590
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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ISSN: 0816-4622
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1983 Optometrists Association Australia
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 07:16

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