Penn Medicine Study Finds Missing One Eye Appointment Can Lead to Vision Loss in Elderly

Source: Penn Medicine

A Penn Medicine study discovered that missing one ophthalmology appointment within a 2-year period could cause decreased visual acuity in elderly patients who already have age-related macular degeneration, according to The Daily Pennsylvanian.

The researchers noted that appointment adherence is important for treating AMD, which is the leading cause of vision loss in individuals over 50, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. AMD treatment must be administered in-person, unlike other medications that can be filled over the phone, Penn Medicine News reported.

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