Low Vision in Aging Patients

  • Andrew G. Lee
  • Carmel B. Dyer
  • Yi-Hsien Renee Yeh
  • T. Ashwini Kini
  • Bayan Al Othman

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When vision loss is not corrected with spectacles or medical or surgical intervention, it is called low vision. About 25% of patients with impaired vision have difficulty with acts of daily living, and about 1/3 of patients with advanced macular degeneration are depressed. These considerations are unique in aging patients, who may need specialized care that many medical professionals are not trained to provide.


This video covers these unique needs and discusses when it might be appropriate to refer a patient to an eldercare agency, where assistance with transportation and daily living assistance and skills training are better suited for certain cases.

About the Author

Andrew G. Lee

Andrew G. Lee, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Virginia undergraduate school and the School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency and was the chief resident at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1993. Following residency, Dr. Lee completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology with Neil R. Miller MD at the Wilmer Eye Institute and was a post-doctoral Fight for Sight fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland from 1993-1994. He was formerly an Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston from 1994-2000. He has published over 240 peer reviewed articles, 40 book chapters, and two full textbooks in ophthalmology. Dr. Lee serves on the Editorial Board of 12 journals including the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, and Eye. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Honor Award, the AAO Secretariat Award, and the AAO Senior Achievement Award.

Carmel B. Dyer

Carmel B. Dyer, MD, AGSF, FACP Ranked one of the nation’s top geriatricians, Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, has served as a clinician, researcher, educator, and administrator for more than 25 years. As executive director of the Consortium on Aging at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and executive vice chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Dyer promotes a circle of care concept to deliver comprehensive, age-appropriate care to older adults. Her areas of expertise include preventing elder abuse, developing innovative models of health care, and building interprofessional teams that work together on behalf of vulnerable patients. In addition to her executive leadership roles, Dyer is the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Chair in Gerontology, Vincent F. and Nancy P. Guinee Distinguished Chair, and Professor in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at UTHealth. She cares for patients at UT Physicians Center for Healthy Aging-Bellaire.

Yi-Hsien Renee Yeh

Yi-Hsien Renee Yeh

T. Ashwini Kini

T. Ashwini Kini, MD Neuro-ophthalmology fellow 2018-2019, Houston Methodist

Bayan Al Othman

Bayan Al Othman, MD Neuro-ophthalmology fellow 2018-2019, Houston Methodist


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Andrew G. Lee
Carmel B. Dyer
Yi-Hsien Renee Yeh
T. Ashwini Kini
Bayan Al Othman
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13 min
Springer, Cham
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Video Transcript


Hi. My name is Yi-Hsien Yeh from Texas A&M College of Medicine. In this video, we sit down with Dr. Andrew Lee, a neuro-opthalmologist from Blanton Eye Institute at Houston Methodist Hospital, and Dr. Carmel B. Dyer, a clinical geriatrician from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School, to discuss low vision in geriatric population.

In our conversation, we cover a low vision paradigm shift in how can ophthalmologists help to prevent low vision to help you learn more about caring for elderly populations with vision loss.

Thank you for watching, and we hope you enjoy the educational video about low vision.