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Common systemic diseases in geriatric patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3287947     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The elderly population will substantially increase by the year 2000, leading to an increased number of elderly patients in the optometric practice. The elderly differ substantially from other patient groups as aging is accompanied by many functional deficits. However, the majority of these decrements do not result in illness or disability. Disease states exist separately or are superimposed upon the already compromised body systems of the elderly. The average geriatric patient suffers from two or more chronic diseases. As primary care practitioners, optometrists should be familiar with the more prevalent diseases of the elderly and their impact upon performance during the vision examination. A review of the common diseases associated with aging is presented.
K E Rumsey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of optometry and physiological optics     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0093-7002     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Optom Physiol Opt     Publication Date:  1988 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-07-14     Completed Date:  1988-07-14     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417614     Medline TA:  Am J Optom Physiol Opt     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  308-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
College of Optometry, University of Houston, Texas.
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MeSH Terms
Accidental Falls / prevention & control
Bone Diseases / physiopathology
Cardiovascular Diseases / physiopathology
Disease / physiopathology*
Endocrine System Diseases / physiopathology
Health Services for the Aged*
Muscular Diseases / physiopathology
Physicians' Offices
Vision Tests*

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