Correlation between grading of visual impairment and quality of life in visually handicapped persons Mieko Yanagisawa 1,2 , Shiho Kunimatsu 1 , Satoshi Kato 1 , Izumi Sumi 1 , Mariko Kitazawa 1 , Megumi Tamura 1 , Asuka Mishima 1 , Makiko Ochiai 1 , Nobuyuki Syoji 3 1Dept of Ophthalmol, Univ of Tokyo Grad Sch of Med 2Dept of Ophthalmol, Univ of Kitasato Grad Sch of Med 3Dept of Reha, Orthopt and Vis Scie Course, Kitasato Univ Sch of Allied Health Sci pp.259-263
Published Date 2008/3/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1410102148
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Abstract. Purpose:To evaluate the correlation between grading of visual impairment and quality of life(QOL)in visually handicapped persons. Cases and Method:We evaluated 92 persons who were officially designated as visually handicapped. The series comprised 50 males and 42 females. The age averaged 63 years. Visual impairment was due to glaucoma 38 cases, macular degeneration 18 cases, retinitis pigmentosa 10 cases, diabetic retinopathy 7 cases and others 19 cases. QOL was evaluated by questionnaire using VFQ-25 and Sumi tables. Results:When seen as a whole, there was significant correlations between QOL and grading of visual impairment(VFQ-25:r=0.26, p=0.015, Sumi:r=-0.37, p=0.0002). Except grade 1, there was no significant correlation between QOL and each item of QOL evaluated by either method(VFQ-25:p=0.24, Sumi:p=0.1). Conclusion:Official grading of visual impairment does not, except grade 1, exactly reflect the degree of QOL in visually handicapped persons.

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