The association between legal Japanese visual impairment grades and vision-related quality of life

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between quality of life (QOL) and the legal Japanese grade of visual impairment as defined by the Physically Disabled Persons Welfare Act. Participants of this cross-sectional study were 98 Japanese patients legally classified as visually impaired, from six ophthalmology departments. Vision-related QOL was evaluated using the 25-item National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (VFQ-25). The short Japanese version of this questionnaire (VFQ-J11) score was calculated from the VFQ-25 results for each participant. Health utility was measured using the EuroQoL Index (EQ-5D). Data were collected for age, gender, vision-disability level, the corrected visual acuity of each eye, and disease type. The mean age was 66.8 years (SD = 17.8). Visual impairment grade was significantly associated with VFQ-J11 score and the composite score developed from the VFQ-25 (p < 0.001), but not with the health utility score obtained from the EQ-5D. In general, the Japanese legally designated grading system for visual impairment reflects the degree of vision-related QOL, but does not reflect general health utility as determined by the EQ-5D.

DOI: 10.1007/s10384-016-0437-1

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@article{Kawashima2016TheAB, title={The association between legal Japanese visual impairment grades and vision-related quality of life}, author={Motoko Kawashima and Yoshimune Hiratsuka and Tadashi Nakano and Hiroshi Tamura and Koichi Ono and Akira Murakami and Sachiko Inoue and Kazuo Tsubota and Masakazu Yamada}, journal={Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology}, year={2016}, volume={60}, pages={219-225} }