Age-Related Eye Diseases and Recommendations for Low-Vision Aids

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As the number of people older than 65 years in the United States increases, the home care population will increase as well. Many of these patients will have several chronic diseases, including those related to vision loss. Home healthcare clinicians are in a position to promote patient safety by educating these patients about the devices available for those with decreased vision. This article provides guidance on the most appropriate methods for communicating with patients who have limited vision. The 4 major causes of vision loss in this population are briefly reviewed. Low-vision aids are described and sources for these products are identified.

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