Visual Impairment in Old and Very Old Community-dwelling Asian Adults

Charumathi Sabanayagam, Eva Fenwick, Peng Guan Ong, Min Li Tey, Robyn Tapp, Ching-Yu Cheng, Gemmy Chui Ming Cheung, Tin Aung, Tien Y Wong, Ecosse Lamoureux

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Vision impairment (VI) is a major public health concern among elderly adults and is largely preventable. 1 A recent review in the United States reported that older adults aged ≥80 years carried the heaviest burden of age-related eye disease accounting for one-third of all cases of cataract, open-angle glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. 2 Despite the substantial impact of VI in older adults, studies examining the burden and causes of VI in adults >75 years of age in Asia are limited. It must also be noted that majority of the studies involving Western populations were conducted in the 1980s and 1990s and are therefore in need of updating. In the current study, we assessed the prevalence, causes, risk factors, and impact of VI on visual functioning (VF) in old and very old adults in a multi-ethnic sample of Asian adults in Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2436-2438
Number of pages3
Issue number11
Early online date9 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Asian Continental Ancestry Group/statistics & numerical data
  • Blindness/epidemiology
  • Ethnic Groups/statistics & numerical data
  • Eye Diseases/epidemiology
  • Female
  • Geriatric Assessment/methods
  • Humans
  • Independent Living/statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Singapore/epidemiology
  • Vision, Low/epidemiology
  • Visually Impaired Persons/statistics & numerical data


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