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Ageing changes in the eye
  1. S M Salvi1,
  2. S Akhtar2,
  3. Z Currie1
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 MrS M Salvi
 Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK; drsachin{at}


Ageing changes occur in all the structures of the eye causing varied effects. This article attempts to review the parameters of what is considered within the “normal limits” of ageing so as to be able to distinguish those conditions from true disease processes. Improving understanding of the ageing changes will help understand some of the problems that the ageing population faces.

  • ageing
  • age related macular degeneration
  • cataract
  • arcus senilis

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  • This article is part of a series on ageing edited by Professor Chris Bulpitt.

  • Funding: none.

  • Competing interests: none.

  • The American Medical Association had nominated aging as the global theme issue for 1997. Accordingly, the October 1997 issue of the British Journal of Ophthalmology had been assigned to papers related to ageing issues hence most references to ageing in the eye can be found in that issue.