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   Loss of vision considered worst ailment: study

Loss of vision considered worst ailment: study

PTI
Published : Aug 5, 2016, 7:15 pm IST
Updated : Aug 5, 2016, 7:15 pm IST

When asked about various possible consequences of vision loss, quality of life ranked as the top concern followed by loss of independence.

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When asked about various possible consequences of vision loss, quality of life ranked as the top concern followed by loss of independence.

Washington

: Loss of eyesight is considered the worst ailment compared to other conditions such as losing limbs, memory, hearing or speech, a new US study has claimed.

Most respondents in the study across all ethnic and racial groups surveyed described loss of eyesight as the worst ailment that could happen to them, researchers said. As the world's population and average life expectancy has increased, so has the prevalence of visual impairment and blindness, they said.

Adrienne W Scott from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and colleagues analysed the results of an online countrywide poll of 2,044 US adults including non-Hispanic white individuals and minority groups to understand the importance and awareness of eye health in the US population. Of the survey respondents, the average age was 46 years, 48 per cent were male, and 11 per cent were uninsured.

63 per cent reported wearing glasses. Most individuals surveyed (88 per cent) believed that good vision is vital to overall health while 47 per cent rated losing vision as the worst possible health outcome. Respondents ranked losing vision as equal to or worse than losing hearing, memory, speech, or a limb, researchers said.

When asked about various possible consequences of vision loss, quality of life ranked as the top concern followed by loss of independence. About 76 per cent and 58 per cent, respectively, identified sunlight and family heritage as risk factors for losing vision; only half were aware of smoking risks on vision loss.

"These findings underscore the importance of good eyesight to most and that having good vision is key to one's overall sense of well-being, irrespective of ethnic or racial demographic," researchers said. The study was study published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.