Correlation between visual function and visual ability in patients with uveitis


Aim: To investigate the correlation between tests of visual function and perceived visual ability recorded with a quality of life questionnaire for patients with uveitis. Methods: 132 patients with various types of uveitis were studied. High (monocular and binocular) and low (binocular) contrast logMAR letter acuities were recorded using a Bailey-Lovie chart. Contrast sensitivity (binocular) was determined using a Pelli-Robson chart. Vision related quality of life was assessed using the Vision Specific Quality of Life (VQOL) questionnaire. Results: VQOL declined with reduced performance on the following tests: binocular high contrast visual acuity (p = 0.0011), high contrast visual acuity of the better eye (p = 0.0012), contrast sensitivity (p = 0.005), binocular low contrast visual acuity (p = 0.0065), and high contrast visual acuity of the worse eye (p = 0.015). Stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed binocular high contrast visual acuity (p <0.01) to be the only visual function adequate to predict VQOL. The age of the patient was also significantly associated with perceived visual ability (p <0.001). Conclusions: Binocular high contrast visual acuity is a good measure of how uveitis patients perform in real life situations. Vision quality of life is worst in younger patients with poor binocular visual acuity.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Optometry
Life & Health Sciences > Ophthalmic Research Group
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Vision, Hearing and Language
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual function,perceived visual ability,quality of life questionnaire,uveitis,Ophthalmology
Full Text Link: https://www.ncb ... les/PMC1771270/
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
http://bjo.bmj. ... t/86/9/993.full (Publisher URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2002-09
Authors: Gardiner, A.M.
Armstrong, Richard A. ( 0000-0002-5046-3199)
Dunne, Mark C.M. ( 0000-0001-9126-0702)
Murray, P.I.

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