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Vision Function in Aging HIV-infected and -uninfected Men


Summary

Vision is incredibly important to our daily lives. Even small decreases from normal can leave a person at higher risk for falls and with increased difficulty in performing daily activities. Further, subtle visual function abnormalities may be correctable or manageable if known (i.e. those from cataract or refractive error). Thus, a population at potentially high risk for visual function deficits should be screened regularly for vision loss that may be impacting their daily lives. Beyond daily functioning, abnormalities in vision may tell us something about systemic age-related disease processes. What if measures of vision function could give the same information as diagnostic blood work and other more invasive and expensive indicators of chronic disease? Results from this work in an older, high chronic disease risk population could potentially highlight the need for vision screenings that may identify both barriers to performing activities of daily living and pre-clinical age-related morbidity.

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