Title

Optimizing Functionality of Clients with Age-related Macular Degeneration

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2004

Version

Citation

Publication Title

Rehabilitation Nursing

Keywords

Activities of Daily Living, Age Factors, Cost of Illness, Disease Progression, Health Promotion/methods, Humans, Information Services, Internet, Macular Degeneration/physiopathology, Macular Degeneration/psychology, Macular Degeneration/rehabilitation, Nurse's Role, Nursing Assessment, Patient Education as Topic, Photochemotherapy, Quality of Life, Rehabilitation Nursing/methods, Risk Factors, Self-Help Devices

Subject Categories

Nursing

Abstract

Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a major cause of severe vision loss and blindness among older people. This condition is progressive, incurable, and significantly compromises central vision. Rehabilitation nurses have a pivotal role in the assessment and management of clients with ARMD. An understanding of incidence and pathophysiology of ARMD, as well as health promotion and a new treatment for ARMD can help rehabilitation nurses design interventions to help clients maintain an acceptable quality of life despite declining vision.

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