Visual complaints of patients with glaucoma and controls under optimal and extreme luminance conditions

Ronald A. J. M. Bierings, Frideric L. P. van Sonderen, Nomdo M. Jansonius*

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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PurposeTo determine (i) whether, compared to controls, visual complaints of glaucoma patients are more pronounced under extreme luminance conditions than in the optimal luminance condition and (ii) whether complaints belonging to different extreme luminance conditions are associated.

MethodsWe developed a luminance-specific questionnaire and sent it to 221 glaucoma patients (response rate 81%); controls (182) were primarily their spouses. Median (interquartile range) mean deviation of the visual field of the patients' better eye was -4.5 (-10.7 to -1.9) dB. Questions were addressing visual performance under five luminance conditions: presumed optimal (outdoor on a cloudy day), low, high, sudden decrease and sudden increase. We compared percentages of patients and controls who reported visual complaints while performing activities under different luminance conditions.

ResultsPercentages of patients and controls with visual complaints were 4 versus 0% (p=0.02) for optimal luminance and 48 versus 6% (p

ConclusionThe concept of (early stage) glaucoma as an asymptomatic disease is only valid with optimal luminance. Differences in visual complaints between glaucoma patients and controls are greater under extreme luminance conditions, especially in the dark. The fact that the cases were aware of their diagnosis could have induced bias.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)288-294
Aantal pagina's7
TijdschriftActa ophthalmologica
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - mei-2018


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