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Vision Related Quality of Life Lower in Veterans with TBI

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

A recent study has found that veterans who suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more likely to report a low quality of life related to vision.

About the TBI and Vision Study

  • According to MedScape, the study issued a 25-item National Eye Institute Visual Functioning Questionnaire and Neuro-Ophthalmic Supplement to 60 veterans being treated for TBI.
  • The questionnaire is used to study a number of factors including eye pain, general vision and role difficulties related to vision.
  • There are an estimated 280,000 U.S. service men and women who suffer from TBI. Many of the injuries can be attributed to blast exposure which, along with the brain injury, can damage the eyes and other structures essential for vision.

Findings of the TBI and Vision Study

“They rated themselves at about the same level of people with advanced cataract or diabetic retinopathy.” – Dr. Glenn Cockerham of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System as published by MedScape

  • The study found that the average score for veterans who had suffered from TBI was 75. The average score among healthy individuals given the same questionnaire is 92.
  • Researchers observed that scores were particularly low in mental health, role functioning, peripheral vision and near vision.
  • Researchers suggest that the vision-related quality of life testing may be useful in determining the long term effects of brain trauma and in tracking patients’ recovery progress.
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