Quality of Life in Patients With Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Material and Methods. The study was performed in the Clinic of Ophthalmology, Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. A total of 140 patients completed the Visual Functioning Questionnaire and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) during this prospective study. The patients were divided into two groups: patients with age-related macular degeneration (70 patients) and control patients (70 patients).
Results. There was a significant difference in the quality of life between groups (P<0.0001). Analyzing patients with age-related macular degeneration within the group (patients with monocular or binocular disorders), significant differences in near vision (P=0.003), far vision (P=0.04), color vision (P=0.01), and social functioning (P=0.02) were observed. Mental health (r=0.326, P=0.02), dependency (r=0.340, P=0.02), and role difficulties (r=0.355, P=0.01) were found to be significantly associated with general vision in the age-related macular degeneration group.
Conclusions. Age-related macular degeneration appeared to have a great impact on the quality of life. General vision impairment caused by age-related macular degeneration affects patient’s mental health, dependency, and role difficulties.
Šiaudvytytė, L.; Mitkutė, D.; Balčiūnienė, J. Quality of Life in Patients With Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Medicina 2012, 48, 15.
Šiaudvytytė L, Mitkutė D, Balčiūnienė J. Quality of Life in Patients With Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Medicina. 2012; 48(2):15.Chicago/Turabian Style
Šiaudvytytė, Lina; Mitkutė, Dovilė; Balčiūnienė, Jūratė. 2012. "Quality of Life in Patients With Age-Related Macular Degeneration." Medicina 48, no. 2: 15.