Refraction and refractive errors in an elderly population

Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 1988;8(4):394-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-1313.1988.tb01175.x.


The data for this paper were collected during a two-year study of the elderly in the market town of Melton Mowbray. The randomly selected subjects, aged 76 years of age and older, were found to be on average +1.33 D hypermetropic and the average cylinder power was 0.82 D. The mean refractive error was found to be +1.5 D with 0.5 negative cylinder at between 85 and 90 degrees. Of all the subjects, 30 per cent had significant anisometropia.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Animals
  • England
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Refraction, Ocular
  • Refractive Errors / epidemiology*
  • Refractive Errors / physiopathology