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Jonathan Gibson
British Journal of Hospital Medicine, Vol. 70, Iss. 10, 14 Oct 2009, pp 554 - 555

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.

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