2020–2021 BCSC Basic and Clinical Science Course™
1 Update on General Medicine
Chapter 10: Geriatrics
Cataract, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), ischemic optic neuropathy, giant cell arteritis, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma are all diseases that disproportionately affect older persons.
The subspecialty of geriatrics emphasizes a different medical paradigm of functional assessment and a more holistic approach to patient care compared with the traditional medical paradigm.
The ophthalmologist is uniquely qualified to assess the visual limitations and visual needs of the elderly patient and communicate them to the geriatrician.
Referral for vision rehabilitation is appropriate for patients with visual acuity less than 20/40, central scotomata, visual field loss, or contrast sensitivity loss.
The median age of the world’s population is increasing almost exponentially. This expanding older population presents a growing challenge to primary care physicians and medical subspecialists in the United States and Western Europe.
Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 1 - Update on General Medicine. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.