Vision screening in adults across the life span

Helen S. Cohen, Jasmine Stitz, Haleh Sangi-Haghpeykar, Susan P. Williams

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Objectives: The goal of this study was to determine whether adults across the life span differ in responses to quick vision screening and how those responses relate to adults' use of specialized eye care. Methods: Subjects were 363 community-dwelling ambulatory adults, 21 to 95 years old, who were tested while they wore their corrective lenses during routine visits to a tertiary care facility. No subjects had known neurological impairments, age-related macular degeneration, or other significant eye disease. A wall-mounted Early Treatment in Diabetic Retinopathy Study chart was used. Results: Older adults 58 years old or older had significantly worse scores than younger adults. Scores did not differ between subjects who had been tested within or prior to the last 10 months. Older subjects had their vision tested significantly more recently than younger subjects. Conclusions: Vision screening is quick, inexpensive, and easily performed by ancillary staff, and it may provide the physician with useful additional information for treatment planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Aging
  • Driving
  • Vision screening
  • Well older adults
  • Age Factors
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Vision Screening/methods
  • Mass Screening
  • Vision Disorders/diagnosis
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Aged
  • Primary Health Care/methods
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care/statistics & numerical data

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