Visual acuity and its relationship to early growth, eye disease, and aging in north Hertfordshire


Hall, N., Sayer, A.A., Evans, J., Rauf, A., Cooper, C. and Wormald, R. (1998) Visual acuity and its relationship to early growth, eye disease, and aging in north Hertfordshire. Opthalmic Epidemiology, 5, (2), 83-90. (doi:10.1076/opep.5.2.83.1573).

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We investigated the relationship between visual acuity, early growth and eye disease in a retrospective cohort study of 700 individuals in North Hertfordshire. Records of birth weight and weight at one year were used to determine early growth. We measured visual acuity and age-related eye diseases using standard instruments in those same individuals (now aged 63 to 73). Visual acuity below the legal threshold for driving in the UK (6/11 or poorer) was present in 13% of subjects. There was no clear association between birth weight or weight at one year and visual acuity. Vision impairment was found to be associated with refractive error, cataract, age-related maculopathy, and elevated macular threshold. After controlling for the effects of eye disease, increasing age remained a significant predictor of poorer visual acuity.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0928-6586 (print)
1744-5086 (electronic)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine
ePrint ID: 159735
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2010 15:35
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:15
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/159735

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