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Self-Reported Mobility Difficulties in Macular Degeneration

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 - 11:20 AM PDT  
Location
Grand CD  
Description
Macular degeneration (MD) is a common cause of irreversible vision loss, especially in older adults. However, MD is often not recognized as a contributor to mobility issues in clinical practice, and low vision rehabilitation rarely addresses mobility. Instead, mobility problems are typically attributed to aging by both patients and healthcare professionals. In a study of 84 patients with varying degrees of vision loss (Mild, n=27, 4M, 80±9.9 y.o.; Moderate, n=42, 9M, 81.2±9.4 y.o .; Severe, n=15, 1M, 78±6.7 y.o), over half reported balance problems (55%). 30%, 33%, and 73% of patients in the mild, moderate, and severe groups, respectively, attributed their mobility issues to poor vision. Greatest specific mobility concerns included navigating dark environments, lighting transitions, and uneven surfaces. Based on these assessments, 22%, 31% and 60% of patients in the mild, moderate, and severe groups, were referred for O&M and/or physical therapy. Contrast sensitivity was a key predictor of mobility difficulties. This study highlights the challenges faced by MD patients and stresses the need for recognition of mobility difficulties in this pathology by healthcare providers, researchers, and funding agencies to promote more comprehensive care.  
Audience
  • Disability Specific
  • Government
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
  • Research & Development
  • Transportation
Audience Level
Intermediate  
Session Summary (Abstract)
This session highlights mobility challenges in patients with Macular Degeneration (irreversible visual impairment), emphasizing the need for awareness and recognition by patients, healthcare providers and researchers to enhance comprehensive care.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
Mobility  
Session Type
General Track  

Presenter

  • Catherine Agathos
    The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

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