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Quality of life of diabetic retinopathy patients

A study evaluating quality of life using utility values, found that diabetic retinopathy patients with best-corrected visual acuity of 20/20 and 20/25, were willing to trade 15% of their remaining years of life for near perfect vision.  Those who were legally blind (best-corrected visual acuity of counting fingers to hand motions) from diabetes were willing to trade 41% of their remaining years in return for perfect vision.

Utility Values and Diabetic Retinopathy. Am J Ophthalmol. 1999; 128(3). http://www.ajo.com/article/S0002-9394(99)00146-4/abstract

Reference

Title
Utility Values and Diabetic Retinopathy
Publication
Am J Ophthalmol
Publication Date
1999
Volume & Issue
Volume 128, Issue 3
Pages
324-30
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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