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Charlotte A. Hazel, Keziah Latham Petre, Richard A. Armstrong, Mark T. Benson, N. Andrew Frost; Visual Function and Subjective Quality of Life Compared in Subjects with Acquired Macular Disease. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2000;41(6):1309-1315.
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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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