Functional implications of vision impairment
AuthorWeih, LeAnn; McCarty, Catherine A.; Taylor, Hugh R.
Source TitleClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
AffiliationMedicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences: Centre for Eye Research Australia
School of Medicine: Ophthalmology
Document TypeJournal (Paginated)
CitationsWeih, L., McCarty, C. A., & Taylor, H. R. (2000). Functional implications of vision impairment. Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 28, 153-155.
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This study investigated the functional implications of vision impairment. A total of 508 participants in the Visual Impairment Project completed the VF-14 questionnaire, vision-related functional tasks, and interview, and the ophthalmic examination. Participants with less than 6/12 presenting acuity were more likely to report a moderated to high degree of difficulty performing VF-14 items (odds ratios from 6 to 44). They were also more likely to be unable to recognize a 10 cent coin (OR; 7.0, 95% CL; 2.6, 19.3)or correctly read a telephone number (OR; 10.1, 95% CL; 5.6, 18.1). As demonstrated by the VF-14 and the functional tasks administered in this study, visual impairment affects the ability of people to conduct a variety of common tasks.
KeywordsVF-14; vision impairment; visual function; CERA; ophthalmology; Centre for Eye Research Australia; eye research; vision; visual health
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