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Quality of life in patients with no light perception in one eye

A study evaluating quality of life found that patients with no light perception in one eye who were asked to imagine the same scenario in their second eye, were willing to trade almost 3 out of every 4 years of their remaining life in return for perfect vision in both eyes.  Those with light perception to counting fingers would trade around 1 of every 2 remaining years, and those with 20/200-20/400 would trade around 1 of every 3 remaining years.

Brown, Melissa M., Gary C. Brown, Sanjay Sharma, Jonathan Kistler, and Heidi Brown. Utility Values Associated with Blindness in an Adult Population. Br J Ophthalmol. 2001; 85(3): 327-31. http://bjo.bmj.com/content/85/3/327.full

Reference

Title
Utility Values Associated with Blindness in an Adult Population
Publication
Br J Ophthalmol
Publication Date
2001
Authors
Brown, Melissa M., Gary C. Brown, Sanjay Sharma, Jonathan Kistler, and Heidi Brown
Volume & Issue
Volume 85, Issue 3
Pages
327-31
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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