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Quality of Life in Patients With Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Department of Ophthalmology, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
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Faculty of Medicine, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania
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Medicina 2012, 48(2), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina48020015
Received: 18 December 2011 / Accepted: 13 February 2012 / Published: 18 February 2012
The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of life in persons affected by agerelated 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.
Keywords: age-related macular degeneration; quality of life age-related macular degeneration; quality of life
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Šiaudvytytė, L.; Mitkutė, D.; Balčiūnienė, J. Quality of Life in Patients With Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Medicina 2012, 48, 15.

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