ERIC Number: ED417516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Aging with Developmental Disabilities: Changes in Vision. Aging with Mental Retardation.
Flax, Marshall E.; Luchterhand, Charlene
This fact sheet uses a question-and-answer format to provide basic information about changes in vision for older adults and what kind of services are needed particularly adults with developmental disabilities. Questions address the following topics: the importance of eye exams for adults with developmental disabilities; the need for eye exams even if the individual does not read or do other close work; recommended frequency of eye exams; types of eye care specialists; the exam; visual acuity; legal blindness; symptoms of a vision problem in an adult with developmental disabilities; information to provide the eye-care specialist; vision changes that are possibly more common in people with developmental disabilities; typical changes in vision as people age; common eye diseases of older people; diseases that can cause vision loss or blindness; how vision loss affects the adult with developmental disabilities; ways to make the best of existing vision capabilities; and other vision professionals who may provide additional ideas about making the most of remaining vision. A list of suggested print and organizational resources is attached. (DB)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Developmental Disabilities, Health Services, Ophthalmology, Optometrists, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Vision Tests, Visual Acuity, Visual Impairments
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Chicago. Inst. on Disability and Human Development.; Arc, Arlington, TX.