Impact of vision impairment on functioning

J. E. Keeffe, D. Lam, A. Cheung, T. Dinh, C. A. McCarty

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Purpose: The aim of the present study was to determine the impact of vision loss on the activities of adults. Methods: Focus groups were conducted that were either disease specific, such as for people with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or those with congenital vision impairment, or according to previous involvement in rehabilitation services. Discussions were recorded and transcribed. Because many people were retired, leisure activities and personal independence were paramount. Results/Conclusions: Younger people were concerned with gaining or continuing in employment or with educational opportunities. The age at onset of vision loss and the cause and duration of vision loss influence its impact. There appears to be a greater level of handicap in people with comorbid eye disease and related disease, such as diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S16-S18
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 1998


  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Focus groups
  • Glaucoma
  • Visual functioning


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