Impact of low vision services on the quality of life of low vision patients in Ghana

Godwin O. Ovenseri-Ogbomo, Harriette Osafo-Agyei, Ralph E.U. Akpalaba, James Addy, Elizabeth O. Ovenseri

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Abstract

Patients' perspectives on the impact of clinical interventions have been recognised as critical elements in patient care. Quality-of-life instruments are designed to measure these perspectives. We used the National Eye Institute's 25-item Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI VFQ) to measure the impact of optical low vision devices on the quality of life of 22 low vision patients who obtained and were using low vision devices from a secondary low vision clinic in the Eastern Region, Ghana. The study employed a pre- and post-intervention technique. We found statistically significant improvements in measured visual acuity and NEI VFQ scores in 8 of the 10 domains evaluated. We conclude that optical low vision devices have a positive impact on the quality of life of low vision patients in Ghana.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbera19
JournalAfrican Vision and Eye Health
Volume75
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2016

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