The Relationship Between Visual Acuity and Functioning and Well-Being Among Diabetics

Published In: Quality of Life Research, v. 4, no. 4, Aug. 1995, p. 319-323

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1995

by Paul Lee, Scott M. Whitcup, Ron D. Hays, Karen Spritzer, Jonathan Javitt

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Examines the relationship of standard clinical measures of vision and measures of functioning and well-being. In a sample of 327 diabetics from the Medical Outcomes Study (MOS), the authors found little or no correlation between three measures of visual functioning (the Snellen visual acuity, Amsler grid distortion, and presence of diabetic retinopathy) and self reported functioning and well-being as measured by the SF-36. The information provided by functioning and well-being measures thus appears to complement standard clinical measures of visual acuity.

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