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Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2000 May;41(6):1309-15.

Visual function and subjective quality of life compared in subjects with acquired macular disease.

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Vision Sciences Research Institute, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom. hazelca@aston.ac.uk

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine the objective measures of visual function that are most relevant to subjective quality of vision and perceived reading ability in patients with acquired macular disease.

METHODS:

Twenty-eight patients with macular disease underwent a comprehensive assessment of visual function. The patients also completed a vision-related quality-of-life questionnaire that included a section of general questions about perceived visual performance and a section with specific questions on reading.

RESULTS:

Results of all tests of vision correlated highly with reported vision-related quality-of-life impairment. Low-contrast tests explained most of the variance in self-reported problems with reading. Text-reading speed correlated highly with overall concern about vision.

CONCLUSIONS:

Reading performance is strongly associated with vision-related quality of life. High-contrast distance acuity is not the only relevant measure of visual function in relation to the perceived visual performance of a patient with macular disease. The results suggest the importance of print contrast, even over print size, in reading performance in patients with acquired macular disease.

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10798645
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