Screening for eye disease in the elderly: is it worth it?

Jonathan Gibson

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Should we be screening for eye disorders in the elderly population? Visual impairment in the elderly can be associated with reduced functional status and quality of life, low social contact, depression, and falls and hip fractures (Dargent-Molina et al, 1996). It therefore would seem sensible to identify those elderly patients who have or are at risk of developing sight-threatening eye disorders, and offer them treatment. However, screening for disease of any kind raises a number of issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-555
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Hospital Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • adult
  • aged
  • eye diseases
  • geriatric assessment
  • humans
  • middle aged
  • vision disorders


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