The relationship between visual function and balance: The SEE project

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between various measures of visual function and balance. Methods: The SEE project assessed 2490 community-dwelling adults aged 65 to 84, for binocular visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, visual fields, glare disability, stereoacuity, and a variety of eye diseases. Self assessment of balance was evaluated, and balance was measured by observation of side-by-side, semi-tandem, and tandem stands. Results: 6.9% of subjects reported severe difficulty with balance. This prevalence increased with age, from 4.8% in the 65-69 year olds, to 14.0% in subjects aged 85-89. Adjusted for age, the following variables showed significant associations with severe difficulty with balance: stereoacuity (p0.4). When entered into a multiple logistic regression, stereoacuity(p

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Volume37
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 15 1996

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Glare
Independent Living
Contrast Sensitivity
Eye Diseases
Visual Fields
Visual Acuity
Logistic Models
Observation
Self-Assessment

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