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Health Impacts of Climate Change

Climate change and air pollution are affecting every aspect of human health, and ophthalmology is no exception.

Impacts of Climate Change on Eye Health 

Climate change is likely to increase the incidence of cataracts, severe allergic eye disease, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, trachoma infections, vitamin A deficiency, and eye injuries. It is also likely to disrupt eye health delivery through an increased frequency of extreme weather events, affecting both local operations and the supply chain. Find materials not only on the effects on ophthalmology, but how climate change is affecting all aspects of human health and health equity.

The Public Health Impact of Climate Change

Victor Dzau, MD, President of the National Academy of Medicine, provides an overview of the public health impact of climate change (speaking to the 2022 Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health Annual Meeting).

Climate Change Is Affecting Our Health. Is There a Cure?

Public health is being impacted by climate change via many pathways: from alterations in infectious disease transmission to water-source compromise, malnutrition, air pollution, and other factors. This Tedx talk by Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, includes recent analyses that show how mitigating global warming provides extensive health opportunities, as well as major savings in healthcare costs.

The Climate Change Crisis Is Not Sparing Ophthalmology

Climate change is affecting eye health and patient care, so ophthalmologists are advocating for mitigation and adaptation strategies. A report by Barbara C. Erny, MD.

 

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Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

The Consortium on Climate and Health has developed a variety of resources to help inform health professionals and the public about climate change and its impact on health, as well as useful tools for physicians.

 

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