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Optometry Australia's chairside reference for the diagnosis and management of age-related macular degeneration.

Authors
  • Hart, Kerryn M1, 2
  • Abbott, Carla3, 4
  • Ly, Angelica5
  • Kalff, Susan6
  • Lek, Jia Jia7
  • Milston, Rebecca5
  • Page, Gary8
  • Robertson, Bill9
  • Ayton, Lauren3, 4, 7
  • 1 Member Support and Optometry Advancement, Optometry Australia, Melbourne, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 School of Medicine (Optometry), Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 3 Centre for Eye Research Australia, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 4 Department of Surgery (Ophthalmology), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 5 Centre for Eye Health, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 6 Private Practitioner, Melbourne, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 7 Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 8 Private Practitioner, Townsville, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 9 Private Practitioner, Alice Springs, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical & experimental optometry
Publication Date
May 01, 2020
Volume
103
Issue
3
Pages
254–264
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/cxo.12964
PMID: 31566818
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over the age of 50 years in Australia. Optometry Australia has developed this AMD chairside reference in consultation with a member-based working group comprised of experienced practitioners. It provides an evidence-based approach to current best practice in the diagnosis and management of AMD. Optometrists should be competent in assessing patients with or at risk of developing AMD, so that they are able to provide evidence-based management including appropriate communication, diagnosis and referral when indicated. This AMD chairside reference covers risk factors for the development of AMD or progression to late-stage AMD; the current clinical classification of AMD; common signs and symptoms; optometric assessment including ocular imaging and biomarkers; differential diagnoses; and management of early, intermediate and late AMD. Optometry Australia's chairside reference is intended as a general guide for optometrists, and is not a formal management protocol. © 2019 Optometry Australia.

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