The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health study showed that significant improvements in the treatment of major eye diseases helped reduce the numbers of people whose vision was impaired by diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
Frequency of visual impairment was lower for every age group compared with people the same age studied in pre-1991 national studies.
Prevalence of visual impairment of people ages 85 and older remained high, at about 15 percent, with AMD as the leading cause of severe vision loss.
Prevalence of diabetic retinopathy did not increase, despite a growing population of people with type two diabetes, this is likely due to better glucose control.
The study also found that, over the 20-year study period, 38 percent of visual impairment was correctable through new eyeglasses or contact lenses. Correction is important for older people because it leads to a better quality of life and reduces the risk of accidents.
The study was supported by the National Eye Institute and published online in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The abstract is available at http://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420(12)01161-X/abstract
Read the original press release published on wiscnews.com
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