Age-related macular degeneration patients' awareness of nutritional factors

Abstract

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: https://doi.org/10.1177/0264619613519341
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Optometry & Vision Science Research Group (OVSRG)
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Vision, Hearing and Language
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: age-related macular degeneration,diet,lifestyle factors,nutrition,survey,Ophthalmology
Publication ISSN: 1744-5809
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2024 07:11
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2014 12:20
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 (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7531-6902)
Walsh, Rachel
Cooke, Richard (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-0476-6284)

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