July 2019
Volume 60, Issue 9
Open Access
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   July 2019
Cognitive and functional implications of vision loss
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ellen E Freeman
    School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Ophthalmology, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships   Ellen Freeman, None
  • Footnotes
    Support  Canadian Institutes of Health Research Grants MOP 114971 and MOP 133560
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science July 2019, Vol.60, 2839. doi:
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      Ellen E Freeman; Cognitive and functional implications of vision loss. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2019;60(9):2839.

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Presentation Description : The loss of vision at an older age can sometimes initiate a cascade of disabling consequences. Clinical research data from hundreds of patients will be presented on the relationships between age-related eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma and aging outcomes like mobility, activity loss, and cognition. We found that patients with either AMD or glaucoma had smaller life space, were more likely to not drive, and participated in fewer lifestyle activities than people with normal vision. Furthermore, people with glaucoma had worse Timed Up and Go scores, had worse balance on the 1-legged stand, and had worse cognition on some tests. The clinical implications of this work will be discussed.

This abstract was presented at the 2019 ARVO Annual Meeting, held in Vancouver, Canada, April 28 - May 2, 2019.


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