Self-Reported Visual Complaints in People with Parkinson's Disease: A Systematic Review

Iris van der Lijn*, Gera A de Haan, Famke Huizinga, Fleur E van der Feen, A Wijnand F Rutgers, Catherina Stellingwerf, Teus van Laar, Joost Heutink

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Scientific research increasingly focuses on visual symptoms of people with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, this mostly involves functional measures, whereas self-reported data are equally important for guiding clinical care.

OBJECTIVE: This review sprovides an overview of the nature and prevalence of self-reported visual complaints by people with PD, compared to healthy controls.

METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed. Studies from three databases (PubMed, PsycInfo, and Web of Science) were screened for eligibility. Only studies that reported results of visual self-reports in people with idiopathic PD were included.

RESULTS: One hundred and thirty-nine eligible articles were analyzed. Visual complaints ranged from function-related complaints (e.g., blurred vision, double vision, increased sensitivity to light or changes in contrast sensitivity) to activity-related complaints (e.g., difficulty reading, reaching, or driving). Visual complaints were more prevalent in people with PD compared to healthy controls. The presence of visual complaints leads to a reduced quality of life (QoL). Increased prevalence and severity of visual complaints in people with PD are related to longer disease duration, higher disease severity, and off-state.

CONCLUSION: A large proportion of people with PD have visual complaints, which negatively affect QoL. Complaints are diverse in nature, and specific and active questioning by clinicians is advised to foster timely recognition, acknowledgement, and management of these complaints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-806
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Parkinson's Disease
Volume12
Issue number3
Early online date4-Jan-2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5-Apr-2022

Keywords

  • Activities of daily living
  • Parkinson's disease
  • quality of life
  • self report
  • systematic review
  • vision disorders
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • NONMOTOR SYMPTOMS QUESTIONNAIRE
  • NON MOTOR FEATURES
  • DE-NOVO
  • AUTONOMIC DYSFUNCTION
  • ESSENTIAL TREMOR
  • DRUG-NAIVE
  • POSTURAL INSTABILITY
  • PATIENTS PREVALENCE
  • COLOR-VISION

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