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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 Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 5, (2), pp. 83-90. (doi:10.1076/opep.

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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.

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Published date: June 1998


Local EPrints ID: 159735
ISSN: 0928-6586
PURE UUID: cc01d59f-fcd2-4c5d-bbbb-c42eb020e971
ORCID for C. Cooper: ORCID iD

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Author: N. Hall
Author: A.A. Sayer
Author: J. Evans
Author: A. Rauf
Author: C. Cooper ORCID iD
Author: R. Wormald

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