TY - CHAP A1 - Giuseppe Lo Giudice ED1 - Giuseppe Lo Giudice ED2 - Angel Catalá Y1 - 2020-09-09 PY - 2020 T1 - Introductory Chapter: Macular Degeneration: Mechanisms of Action N2 - Blindness and vision impairment affect at least 2.2 billion people worldwide with most individuals having a preventable vision impairment. The majority of people with vision impairment are older than 50 years, however, vision loss can affect people of all ages. Reduced eyesight can have major and long-lasting effects on all aspects of life, including daily personal activities, interacting with the community, school and work opportunities, and the ability to access public services. This book provides an overview of the effects of blindness and visual impairment in the context of the most common causes of blindness in older adults as well as children, including retinal disorders, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular or corneal degeneration. BT - Visual Impairment and Blindness SP - Ch. 8 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.86739 DO - 10.5772/intechopen.86739 SN - 978-1-83880-258-5 PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-10-25 ER -