Age-related macular degeneration patients' awareness of nutritional factors


Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment in older adults in the United Kingdom. This study sought to characterise AMD patients who seek the services of the Macular Society, and determine the level and source of their dietary knowledge. A questionnaire was designed, validated, and administered to 158 participants. The questions covered demographic data and knowledge of nutrition and supplementation. The mean age of participants was 79 years; 61% of them were female, and 27% were registered visually impaired. Only 55% of the participants thought diet was important for eye health, 63% felt that they had not received enough information about AMD. The participants reported that their information mainly came from non-professional support groups. Most participants identified healthy food, but could not say why, and were not able to identify carotenoid rich foods. The results of the study will inform design of education and dissemination methods regarding dietary information.

Publication DOI:
Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Optometry
Life & Health Sciences > Ophthalmic Research Group
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Vision, Hearing and Language
Life & Health Sciences > Applied Health Research Group
Life & Health Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: age-related macular degeneration,diet,lifestyle factors,nutrition,survey,Ophthalmology
Full Text Link: http://jvi.sage ... 2/2/77.abstract
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2014-05
Authors: Stevens, Rebekah
Bartlett, Hannah ( 0000-0002-7531-6902)
Walsh, Rachel
Cooke, Richard ( 0000-0003-0476-6284)



Version: Accepted Version

Export / Share Citation


Additional statistics for this record