Ophthalmology and the Ageing Society

  • Hendrik P.N. Scholl
  • Robert W. Massof
  • Sheila West

Part of the Essentials in Ophthalmology book series (ESSENTIALS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Emily C. Fletcher, Hendrik P. N. Scholl
    Pages 1-9
  3. Epidemiology of Eye Diseases in Older Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Robert P. Finger, Hendrik P. N. Scholl
      Pages 19-29
  4. Risk Factors, Genetics, Gene-Environment Interactions and Prophylaxis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Gabriëlle H. S. Buitendijk, Henriët Springelkamp, Lintje Ho, Caroline C. W. Klaver
      Pages 57-82
    3. Naima Jacobs-El, Catherine Meyerle, Emily Y. Chew
      Pages 83-89
  5. Current Treatment of the Major Eye Diseases of the Elderly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Oliver K. Klaproth, Marko Ostovic, Thomas Kohnen
      Pages 93-106
    3. Fabiana Kimie Kashiwabuchi, Murilo Wendeborn Rodrigues Jr., Peter J. McDonnell
      Pages 127-137
  6. The Impact of Visual Disability on Daily Life in Older Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Ecosse L. Lamoureux, Eva Fenwick, Konrad Pesudovs
      Pages 141-164
    3. Suzanne W. van Landingham, Pradeep Y. Ramulu
      Pages 165-179
    4. Robert P. Finger, Eva Fenwick, Ecosse L. Lamoureux
      Pages 181-192
    5. Lisa Keay, Sheila K. West
      Pages 193-206
    6. Robin J. Casten, Barry W. Rovner
      Pages 207-215
    7. Robert W. Massof, Maureen G. Maguire, Duane R. Geruschat, James T. Deremeik, Judith E. Goldstein, Mary Warren et al.
      Pages 217-230
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 231-233

About this book


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.


Ageing Current Treatment and Prophylaxis Eye diseases Quality of Life Visual Disability

Editors and affiliations

  • Hendrik P.N. Scholl
    • 1
  • Robert W. Massof
    • 2
  • Sheila West
    • 3
  1. 1.Wilmer Eye InstituteJohn Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation, Wilmer Ophthalmological InstituteJohn Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Wilmer Eye Institute, Dana Center for Preventive OphthalmologyJohn Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-36323-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-36324-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-3212
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