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Assessment and management of patients with eye and vision disorders

Chapter


Abstract


  • The ability to see the world clearly can easily be taken for

    granted. The eye is a sensitive, highly specialised sense organ

    subject to various disorders, many of which lead to impaired

    vision. Impaired vision affects an individual's independence

    in self-care, work and lifestyle choices, sense of self-esteem,

    safety, abtltty to mteract with society and the environment,

    and overall quality of life. Many of the leading causes of visual

    impairment are associated with ageing (e.g. cataracts, glaucoma

    and macular degeneration). Two-thirds of the population with

    Impaired vision is older than 65 years of age. Younger people

    are also at risk for eye disorders, particularly traumatic injuries.

    Although most people with eye disorders are treated in

    an day-only setting, many patients receiving healthcare have

    an eye disease as a comorbid condition. In addition to understanding the prevention, treatment and consequences of eye

    disorders, nurses in all settings should assess visual acuity

    in those at risk (e.g. older patients, those with diabetes or

    man Immunodeficiency virus [HIV]), refer patients to eye care specialists as appropriate, implement measures to prevent

    further visual loss, and help patients adapt to impaired vision.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Edition


  • 3

Citation


  • Middleton, R. & Thomas, P. (2013). Assessment and management of patients with eye and vision disorders. In M. Farrell & J. Dempsey (Eds.), Smeltzer and Bare''s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (pp. 1527-1589). Australia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781920994648

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2082

Book Title


  • Smeltzer and Bare's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing

Start Page


  • 1527

End Page


  • 1589

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • The ability to see the world clearly can easily be taken for

    granted. The eye is a sensitive, highly specialised sense organ

    subject to various disorders, many of which lead to impaired

    vision. Impaired vision affects an individual's independence

    in self-care, work and lifestyle choices, sense of self-esteem,

    safety, abtltty to mteract with society and the environment,

    and overall quality of life. Many of the leading causes of visual

    impairment are associated with ageing (e.g. cataracts, glaucoma

    and macular degeneration). Two-thirds of the population with

    Impaired vision is older than 65 years of age. Younger people

    are also at risk for eye disorders, particularly traumatic injuries.

    Although most people with eye disorders are treated in

    an day-only setting, many patients receiving healthcare have

    an eye disease as a comorbid condition. In addition to understanding the prevention, treatment and consequences of eye

    disorders, nurses in all settings should assess visual acuity

    in those at risk (e.g. older patients, those with diabetes or

    man Immunodeficiency virus [HIV]), refer patients to eye care specialists as appropriate, implement measures to prevent

    further visual loss, and help patients adapt to impaired vision.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Edition


  • 3

Citation


  • Middleton, R. & Thomas, P. (2013). Assessment and management of patients with eye and vision disorders. In M. Farrell & J. Dempsey (Eds.), Smeltzer and Bare''s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (pp. 1527-1589). Australia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781920994648

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2082

Book Title


  • Smeltzer and Bare's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing

Start Page


  • 1527

End Page


  • 1589

Place Of Publication


  • Australia