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Geriatrics 3 pp 425-450 | Cite as

The Aging Retina

  • R. A. Weale

Abstract

There are two approaches that have been used in the assessment of the senescence of the retina, namely the direct and the indirect. The former involves anatomical, histological and ultrastructural studies, whereas the latter is based on retinal physiology: the senescence of the tissue is inferred from that of its function. In man, the physiological approach can be subdivided; e.g. retinal function can be gauged from the properties of the electro-retinogram (ERG) or the electro-oculogram (EOG), two potentials associated with the neural retina and the pigment epithelium respectively, and recorded when the illumination of the retina is changed. However, retinal function and its senescence are sometimes assessed more presumptively from quantitative sensory experiments, the subjective nature of which occasionally leaves one in doubt as regards the anatomical stage (or stages) wherein senescent changes are believed to occur.

Keywords

Visual Acuity Retinal Pigment Epithelium Pigment Epithelium Dark Adaptation Outer Nuclear Layer 
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