March 2007, Volume 37 Number 3 , p 22 - 24
COVELL, CAROL A. RN, MS; GRAZIANO, JO-ANN RN; RICH, DEBBIE RN, BS; TOBIN, KATHLEEN A. RN, BSN
Carol A. Covell is executive vice president for patient services; Jo-Ann Graziano is nurse-manager of the Morse Laser Center and the PACU; Debbie Rich is the manager of ambulatory care; and Kathleen A. Tobin is quality assurance nurse-reviewer at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.
THE LEADING CAUSE of vision loss in people age 60 and older in the United States is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). 1 But new treatments can slow the progression of the more devastating form of AMD. In this article, we'll tell you when to suspect a patient has AMD, how to care for her, and what to teach her about the disease and treatment.
Wet and dry damage
Chronic and progressive, AMD is described as either wet or dry. About 90% of patients have dry AMD, which typically progresses more slowly than the wet type. The remaining 10% of ...