The healthcare needs of an aging population of "baby boomers" (persons born between 1946 and 1964) will disproportionately affect ophthalmology. To meet this emerging need, the American Geriatrics Society and the John A. Hartford Foundation developed a research agenda-setting process for geriatric ophthalmology. A systematic literature search was performed using Medline from the years 1990 to 2000. The literature review (168 papers) was performed to determine the current state of information regarding selected issues in geriatric ophthalmology. A needs assessment for each of the identified topics was performed, gaps in the existing knowledge base were identified, and key questions for future research were proposed. A research agenda-setting process for geriatric ophthalmology might provide a structural framework for future research efforts in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-458
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004


  • Geriatric ophthalmology
  • Research agenda-setting program

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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