Title

Eye health

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Nursing and Public Health

RAS ID

1446

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Thomson, N. J., & Burns, J. F. (2003). Eye health. In Thomson, Neil (Eds.). The health of indigenous Australians (pp. 273-289). Location: Oxford University Press.Original book available here.

Abstract

Vision restrictions can create'difficulty in coping with the physical environment, increasing the risk of injury (by falls, for example) and often increasing a person's dependence on others, including community-service workers (Taylor 2002). Opportunities for social interaction, education, and employment can be limited and there is a risk of negative effects on emotional wellbeing. Even mild visual impairment has a significant impact on social functioning and healthy ageing.