Description of Knowledge and Use of Low Vision Services Among Persons with Age-related Macular Degeneration
This research was supported by Grant AG00988 from the National Institute on Aging Geriatric Academic Career Leadership Award, entitled "Research Program to Promote Optimal Aging in Place," to Laura N. Gitlin, at the Jefferson College of Health Professions, Thomas Jefferson University.
Visual impairment (blindness or low vision) is a leading cause of disability among older adults and is most often due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The prevalence of AMD is rapidly increasing with the aging of the population; from 1991 to 1997, it increased from 5.0% to 27.1% in a cohort of Medicare beneficiaries (Crews, 1991; Lee, Feldman, Ostermann, Brown, & Sloan, 2003). It is predicted that 2.95 million people will have AMD by 2020 (Eye Diseases Prevalence Research Group, 2004).