aa-87 - 3/8/2011 cataracts Most common eye disease among...

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3/8/2011 1 Most common eye disease among elderly Americans Affects almost 70% of those 80+ Surgery is over 99% successful cataracts 2 nd most prevalent eye disease among the elderly > 35% of those 80+ No Tx As we read, light is focused onto our macula where millions of cells change the light into nerve signals that tell the brain what we are seeing. This is called central vision thanks to which we are able to read, drive, and perform other activities that require fine, sharp, straight-ahead vision. If the macula begins to degenerate, central vision begins to go. The macula is an area of the retina --at the back of the eye --in the center of the retina
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3/8/2011 2 People with AMD have dark areas in their vision caused by fluid leakage or bleeding in the macula. The brain initially compensates for these dark patches AMD may go undetected until the disease is in advanced stages attacks peripheral vision *affects 11% of those 70+ and 10% of diabetics 65+ *open-angle (meaning "ringing" in Latin) is the
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course HLTH 300 taught by Professor Randypage during the Winter '11 term at BYU.

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