This “gray tsunami” will disproportionately affect ophthalmology as a specialty because our top disorders are diseases of the elderly (age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), glaucoma and cataracts). Geriatric ophthalmic patients are not simply “older adults”; they have unique responses to treatment and disease and may have comorbidities that affect diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Moreover, elderly patients may require the expertise of a number of health professionals from diverse disciplines who have experience in dealing with specific geriatric syndromes. Increasing geriatric expertise among ophthalmologists and primary care specialists while promoting competent, compassionate care of elderly patients is imperative. This activity seeks to address the needs of the geriatric patient population by arming providers with the necessary information on topics such as diabetic retinopathy, ARMD, cataracts, glaucoma, low-vision, as well as related comorbidities (e.g., depression, dementia, hearing loss, function loss, driving and elder abuse). There is an insufficient number of geriatricians to meet the demographic shift. Individual specialty providers, generalists and allied health personnel will be required to have expertise in geriatric domains within their areas of service in order to provide care that is optimal, safe and cost-effective.
Conference website: https://events.houstonmethodist.org/segue
Saturday, April 24 at 8:00am to 3:00pmVirtual Event