RADIATION AND THE AGEING EYE* JOHN MARSHALL Department of Clinical Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology, Judd Street, London WClH 9QS, U.K. (Received 31 August 1984) The detection, interpretation and response to sensory information are a vital part of manâs interaction with his environment. The loss or impairment of any of his sensory abilities severely degrades the performance of even the simplest of everyday tasks. If the afflicted sensory channel is vision then the disability for modern man is probably at its worst, given the increasing socio-economic importance of rapid assimilation of visually communicated information. Unfortunately it is a fact of life that vision deteriorates with age. It is also a fact of life that the ageing of the eye and the senile regression in visual perception cannot be studied in isolation from the life-long cumulative effects of optical radiation (wavelengths 100 nm - 1 mm). This review describes the spectrum of age-related changes in the eye as they merge imperceptibly between declining visual function and overt pathology. At the same time an attempt is made to highlight those conditions which may either be caused by exposure to optical radiation, or whose rate of onset may be significantly influenced by
Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics – Wiley
Published: Jul 1, 1985
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