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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049463/prevalence-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-australia-the-australian-national-eye-health-survey
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Stuart Keel, Jing Xie, Joshua Foreman, Peter van Wijngaarden, Hugh R Taylor, Mohamed Dirani
Importance: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of irreversible blindness among the elderly population globally. Currently, knowledge of the epidemiology of AMD in Australia remains scarce because of a paucity of recent population-based data. Objective: To examine the prevalence of AMD in Australia. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this population-based, cross-sectional survey performed from March 11, 2015, to April 18, 2016, a sample of 3098 nonindigenous Australians 50 years and older and 1738 indigenous Australians 40 years and older from 30 geographic areas across Australia were examined...
October 12, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043887/living-with-low-vision-strategies-supporting-daily-activity
#2
Stacy Smallfield, Sue Berger, Brooke Hillman, Paige Saltzgaber, Jarod Giger, Jennifer Kaldenberg
The purpose of this research was to describe the strategies that older adults with low vision use to support daily living. A descriptive qualitative study of 10 older adults with low vision was conducted using semistructured, audio-recorded interviews. The data was coded and grouped into categories, and the findings were summarized. Four major themes were identified: (a) device nonuse; (b) sensory strategies and devices; (c) environmental strategies; and (d) resourcefulness. Older adults with low vision try many devices and strategies to find the ones that allow them to participate in meaningful activity within their physical and social environment...
October 18, 2017: Occupational Therapy in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034156/intraocular-lens-opacification-after-descemet-s-stripping-automated-endothelial-keratoplasty
#3
Meng-Sheng Lee, I-Lun Tsai, Ching-Yao Tsai, Li-Lin Kuo, Shiow-Wen Liou, Lin-Chung Woung
Compared with conventional penetrating keratoplasty, Descemet's stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) more effectively maintain global integrity and rapid vision rehabilitation with less ocular surface disorders in patients with endothelial dysfunction. Here, we report a case of a 76-year-old woman who experienced opacification of a hydrophilic intraocular lens (IOL) approximately 10 months after DSAEK. The patient with no history of systemic disease developed pseudophakic bullous keratopathy in the right eye 2 years after undergoing cataract surgery...
July 2017: Taiwan Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952171/need-for-optical-intervention-in-children-attending-a-school-for-the-blind-in-eritrea
#4
Rajendra Gyawali, Vanessa R Moodley
PURPOSE: To identify the need for optical intervention including spectacles and low vision devices (LVDs) in children attending the only school for the blind in Eritrea. METHODS: A total of 92 children were examined using the World Health Organization Prevention of Blindness program form for the recording of children with blindness and vision impairment. Examination included distance and near visual acuity (VA), refraction, trial of LVDs and evaluation of anterior and posterior segments...
September 26, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924412/adding-access-to-a-video-magnifier-to-standard-vision-rehabilitation-initial-results-on-reading-performance-and-well-being-from-a-prospective-randomized-study
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Mary Lou Jackson, Kimberly A Schoessow, Alexandra Selivanova, Jennifer Wallis
PURPOSE: Both optical and electronic magnification are available to patients with low vision. Electronic video magnifiers are more expensive than optical magnifiers, but they offer additional benefits, including variable magnification and contrast. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of access to a video magnifier (VM) added to standard comprehensive vision rehabilitation (VR). METHODS: In this prospective study, 37 subjects with central field loss were randomized to receive standard VR (VR group, 18 subjects) or standard VR plus VM (VM group, 19 subjects)...
2017: Digital Journal of Ophthalmology: DJO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845326/results-of-screening-in-schools-for-visually-impaired-children
#6
Pınar Bingöl Kızıltunç, Aysun İdil, Hüban Atilla, Ayşen Topalkara, Cem Alay
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify the causes of visual impairment in children attending schools for students with visual impairment and to identify children suitable for treatment and rehabilitation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All students were examined in our department by a pediatric ophthalmologist and an ophthalmologist experienced in low vision and visual rehabilitation. The children's medical histories were recorded. All children underwent ophthalmological examination including visual acuity measurement, anterior segment and dilated fundus evaluation, retinoscopy with cycloplegia, and intraocular pressure measurement...
August 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820161/ocular-morbidity-patterns-among-children-in-schools-for-the-blind-in-chennai
#7
M Vs Prakash, S Sivakumar, Ashutosh Dayal, A Chitra, Sudharshini Subramaniam
PURPOSE: To identify the morbidity patterns causing blindness in children attending schools for the blind in Chennai and comparing our data with similar studies done previously. METHODS: A cross-sectional prevalence study was carried out in two schools for the blind in Chennai. Blind schools were visited by a team of ophthalmologists and optometrists. Students with best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) worse than 3/60 in the better eye were included and relevant history was noted...
August 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764679/economic-evaluation-of-stepped-care-versus-usual-care-for-depression-and-anxiety-in-older-adults-with-vision-impairment-randomized-controlled-trial
#8
Hilde P A van der Aa, Ger H M B van Rens, Judith E Bosmans, Hannie C Comijs, Ruth M A van Nispen
BACKGROUND: A stepped-care program was found effective in preventing depressive and anxiety disorders in older adults with vision impairment. However, before a decision can be made about implementation, the cost-effectiveness of this program should be investigated. Therefore, we aimed to compare the cost-effectiveness of stepped-care versus usual care within low vision rehabilitation. METHODS: An economic evaluation from a societal perspective was performed alongside a multicenter randomized controlled trial...
August 1, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676352/assessment-of-neuro-optometric-rehabilitation-using-the-developmental-eye-movement-dem-test-in-adults-with-acquired-brain-injury
#9
Neera Kapoor, Kenneth Joseph Ciuffreda
PURPOSE: This pilot study sought to determine the efficacy of using the Developmental Eye Movement (DEM) test in the adult, acquired brain injury (ABI) population to quantify clinically the effects of controlled, laboratory-performed, oculomotor-based vision therapy/vision rehabilitation. METHODS: Nine adult subjects with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and five with stroke were assessed before and after an eight-week, computer-based, versional oculomotor (fixation, saccades, pursuit, and simulated reading) training program (9...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664572/the-use-of-contact-lenses-in-low-vision-rehabilitation-optical-and-therapeutic-applications
#10
REVIEW
Stephen J Vincent
Ocular pathology that manifests at an early age has the potential to alter the vision-dependent emmetropisation mechanism, which co-ordinates ocular growth throughout childhood. The disruption of this feedback mechanism in children with congenital or early-onset visual impairment often results in the development of significant ametropia, including high levels of spherical refractive error, astigmatism and anisometropia. This review examines the use of contact lenses as a refractive correction, low vision aid and therapeutic intervention in the rehabilitation of patients with bilateral, irreversible visual loss due to congenital ocular disease...
June 29, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573075/development-of-the-ultra-low-vision-visual-functioning-questionnaire-ulv-vfq
#11
Pamela E Jeter, Collin Rozanski, Robert Massof, Olukemi Adeyemo, Gislin Dagnelie
PURPOSE: To develop and psychometrically evaluate a visual functioning questionnaire (VFQ) in an ultra-low vision (ULV) population. METHODS: Questionnaire items, based on visual activities self-reported by a ULV population, were categorized by functional visual domain (e.g., mobility) and visual aspect (e.g., contrast) to ensure a representative distribution. In Round 1, an initial set of 149 items was generated and administered to 90 participants with ULV (visual acuity [VA] ≤ 20/500; mean [SD] age 61 [15] years), including six patients with a retinal implant...
May 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573074/living-with-ultra-low-vision-an-inventory-of-self-reported-visually-guided-activities-by-individuals-with-profound-visual-impairment
#12
Olukemi Adeyemo, Pamela E Jeter, Collin Rozanski, Ellen Arnold, Lauren A Dalvin, Bonnielin Swenor, Gislin Dagnelie
PURPOSE: To understand how individuals with profound visual impairment (ultra-low vision, ULV) use their remaining vision. METHODS: Forty-six participants with ULV (visual acuity ≤ 200/500 in the better seeing eye) were divided into nine focus groups (4-6 individuals per group) and met either in person (n = 2) or over the phone (n = 7). Discussions were guided by the Massof Activity Inventory. Audio recordings were transcribed and analyzed for visual activities that were then classified along two visual categorizations - functional domains and visual aspects...
May 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532346/low-vision-and-plasticity-implications-for-rehabilitation
#13
Gordon E Legge, Susana T L Chung
Low vision is any type of visual impairment that affects activities of daily living. In the context of low vision, we define plasticity as changes in brain or perceptual behavior that follow the onset of visual impairment and that are not directly due to the underlying pathology. An important goal of low-vision research is to determine how plasticity affects visual performance of everyday activities. In this review, we consider the levels of the visual system at which plasticity occurs, the impact of age and visual experience on plasticity, and whether plastic changes are spontaneous or require explicit training...
October 14, 2016: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516509/the-incidence-and-predictors-of-depressive-and-anxiety-symptoms-in-older-adults-with-vision-impairment-a-longitudinal-prospective-cohort-study
#14
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Thomas J Heesterbeek, Hilde P A van der Aa, Ger H M B van Rens, Johannes W R Twisk, Ruth M A van Nispen
PURPOSE: Depression and anxiety are highly prevalent in older adults with vision impairment. Because symptoms of depression and anxiety appear to fluctuate, it is important to identify patients who are at risk of developing these symptoms for early diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the incidence of subthreshold depression and anxiety, and to investigate predictors of developing symptoms of depression and anxiety in older adults with vision impairment who had no subthreshold depression or anxiety at baseline...
July 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430335/reading-ability-and-quality-of-life-in-stargardt-disease
#15
Vittoria Murro, Andrea Sodi, Giovanni Giacomelli, Dario P Mucciolo, Monica Pennino, Gianni Virgili, Stanislao Rizzo
PURPOSE: To study the reading performance of patients with Stargardt disease (STGD) and the relationship between clinical vision measurements and vision-related quality of life (VRQOL). METHODS: We studied both eyes of 16 patients with STGD. Each patient was examined for best-corrected visual acuity (Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study [ETDRS]), reading ability (MNREAD and REX charts), contrast sensitivity (Pelli-Robson charts), fixation study (MP1 microperimeter), and VRQOL (25-item National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire [NEI VFQ-25])...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336221/the-use-of-contact-lens-telescopic-systems-in-low-vision-rehabilitation
#16
REVIEW
Stephen J Vincent
Refracting telescopes are afocal compound optical systems consisting of two lenses that produce an apparent magnification of the retinal image. They are routinely used in visual rehabilitation in the form of monocular or binocular hand held low vision aids, and head or spectacle-mounted devices to improve distance visual acuity, and with slight modifications, to enhance acuity for near and intermediate tasks. Since the advent of ground glass haptic lenses in the 1930's, contact lenses have been employed as a useful refracting element of telescopic systems; primarily as a mobile ocular lens (the eyepiece), that moves with the eye...
March 20, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273318/functional-outcomes-of-the-low-vision-depression-prevention-trial-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#17
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Ashley D Deemer, Robert W Massof, Barry W Rovner, Robin J Casten, Catherine V Piersol
Purpose: To compare the efficacy of behavioral activation (BA) plus low vision rehabilitation with an occupational therapist (OT-LVR) with supportive therapy (ST) on visual function in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Methods: Single-masked, attention-controlled, randomized clinical trial with AMD patients with subsyndromal depressive symptoms (n = 188). All subjects had two outpatient low vision rehabilitation optometry visits, then were randomized to in-home BA + OT-LVR or ST...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237139/assessing-the-ipad-as-a-tool-for-low-vision-rehabilitation
#18
Zale Mednick, Atul Jaidka, Robert Nesdole, Mark Bona
OBJECTIVE: It has been demonstrated consistently that patients with poor vision have a reduced quality of life and functional status and higher rates of psychologic distress. This study aims to assess whether the iPad has potential as a visual aid in patients with low vision. DESIGN: Qualitative study with key-informant interviews. PARTICIPANTS: Patients who identified as having impaired vision were recruited from a low vision ophthalmology clinic...
February 2017: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192092/peripheral-oculomotor-training-in-individuals-with-healthy-visual-systems-effects-of-training-and-training-transfer
#19
Dylan Rose, Peter Bex
Individuals with pathological or simulated central visual field loss can be trained to use a preferred retinal locus (PRL) as a substitute for their non-functioning fovea. The functional benefits of a stable PRL are well documented, but little is known about oculomotor adaptations during PRL acquisition or transfer of training to another location in response to real or simulated disease progression. In this study, eight normally-sighted observers were trained to use a pseudo-PRL (pPRL) at one of two locations by guiding an eccentrically placed, gaze-contingent ring over a fixation target...
April 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141748/risk-for-low-visual-acuity-after-1-and-2-years-of-treatment-with-ranibizumab-or-bevacizumab-for-patients-with-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
#20
Inger Westborg, Susanne Albrecht, Aldana Rosso
PURPOSE: To investigate how patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration treated with ranibizumab or bevacizumab respond to treatment in daily clinical practice. METHODS: Data from the Swedish Macula Register on the treatment received by 3,912 patients during 2011 to 2014 is reported. Patients' characteristics at the first visit, visual acuity, number of injections, and reason for terminating the treatment if applicable are discussed. Furthermore, the risk of having poor vision (visual acuity under 60 Early Treatment Diabetes Retinopathy Study letters or approximately 20/60 Snellen) is calculated for the treated eye after 1 year and 2 years...
January 30, 2017: Retina
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