It is now a well-known fact that Singapore’s population is greying dramatically due to the ageing of the “baby boomers” – defined as those born between 1947 and 1964. In 2005, 1 in 12 Singapore residents was 65 years or older. By 2030, this is expected to escalate to 1 in 5.1 The healthcare needs of our rapidly ageing population will therefore increase considerably. As in some other developed countries, this is expected to disproportionately affect ophthalmology.2 Four major age-related eye diseases (AREDs) – cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy – are expected to pose a growing challenge for healthcare professionals in the coming decades.
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