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Health and vision related quality of life among patients with age related macular degeneration

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Session Title: Quick Fire Free Paper 4

Session Date/Time: Sunday 14/09/2014 | 08:00-10:00

Paper Time: 09:20

Venue: Boulevard B

First Author: : M.Picoto Passarinho PORTUGAL

Co Author(s): :    J. Portelinha   A. Marques   A. Rodrigues   F. Vaz     

Abstract Details


To describe the impact of Neovascular (NV) aged-related macular degeneration (AMD) on vision-related quality of life (QOL)


Ophthalmology Department, Hospital de Egas Moniz, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental.


Observational, interview study of 68 patients with clinical diagnosis of NV AMD. Health-related quality of life (HRQL) was measured with a Portuguese version of the 25-item National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI VFQ-25). Scores were analysed and correlated with age, gender, laterality of the disease, initial and final visual acuity (VA), Central Retinal Thickness and duration of follow-up.


Worst eye VA had predictive value in the following scores: global, distance activities, color vision, peripheral vision, role difficulties, social functioning and mental health (p<0.05). In a multivariable model with inclusion of all the parameters studied, the analysed variables explained 60% of the variability of the Global Score, with a predictive value of 0.08 (R2 0.57, p=0.088).


NV AMD is associated with impairment in reported vision related QOL in our group of patients. The VA of the worst eye has a predictive value in NEI VFQ-25 scores.

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