Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 10, October 2009

Reducing vision loss in chronic eye disease

Graham A Lee Anthony Fong
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Ocular disease in its early stages may be asymptomatic and insidious. Three of the leading causes of visual loss are cataract, age related macular degeneration and glaucoma.
This article discusses the presentation and treatment options for, and the management of, cataract, age related macular degeneration and glaucoma.
Few primary prevention strategies are available as these ocular diseases are degenerative. The focus for reduction of visual loss is early detection and regular ophthalmic examination. The aim of management is to improve or maintain vision so as to preserve patient quality of life.

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