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Optimizing the Functionality of Clients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration


  • Arlene McGrory DNSc RN,

    Associate Professor, Corresponding authorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Arlene McGrory is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Health and Environment in Lowell, MA.

  • Ruth Remington PhD RN

    Assistant ProfessorSearch for more papers by this author
    • Ruth Remington is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Lowell, MA.

University of Massachusetts Lowell, School of Health and Environment, 3 Solomont Way, Suite 2, Lowell, MA 01854-5126, or e-mail


Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is a major cause of severe vision loss and blindness among older people. This condition is progressive, incurable, and significantly compromises central vision. Rehabilitation nurses have a pivotal role in the assessment and management of clients with ARMD. An understanding of incidence and pathophysiology of ARMD, as well as health promotion and a new treatment for ARMD can help rehabilitation nurses design interventions to help clients maintain an acceptable quality of life despite declining vision.