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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Cataract surgery: characteristics and opinions of patients with monocular versus binocular vision

[Cataract surgery: characteristics and opinions of patients with monocular versus binocular vision].
[Article in Portuguese]
Marback RF, Temporini ER, Kara Júnior N.
Source
Hospital das Clínicas, Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brasil. robertamarback@uol.com.br
Abstract
PURPOSE:
To verify in two groups of patients: monocular (group 1) and binocular vision (group 2) to be submitted to cataract surgery at an University Hospital, opinions, expectances and emotional reactions related to the ocular problem, to the quality of vision and to cataract surgery.
METHODS:
A transversal comparative and consecutive study was performed using a structured questionnaire applied by patients interview. The questionnaire was elaborated from a previous exploratory study; visual acuity and cause of the visual loss were evaluated.
RESULTS:
The sample was constituted by 96 persons of group 1 (50.0% male; 50.0% female, ages ranging from 41 to 91 years; average 69.3 years ± 10.4 years) and 110 persons of group 2 (40.9% male; 59.1% female, ages ranging from 40 to 89 years; average 68.2 years ± 10.2 years). The majority of persons of both groups presented low educational level. There was no statistically significant difference between the groups in relation to gender (p=0.191), age (p=0.702) and educational level (p=0.245). No work activity was mentioned in 95.8% of the persons of group 1 and 83.6% of group 2 (p=0.005) and 30.4% of group 1 informed the impossibility to work due the visual impairment. Visual acuity of the eye to be operated was less than 0.05 in 40.6% (group 1) and in 33,6% (group 2), presented visual acuity ranging from 0.05 to 0.25. Almost the totality of the persons of both groups informed difficulties to perform activities of daily life and qualified as insufficient their visual acuities; 71.9% of the patients of group 1 and 71.6% of group 2 informed to know the reason of low vision; among these, 87.1% of group 1 and 83.3% of group 2 mentioned cataract as the reason of low visual acuity.
CONCLUSION:
It was concluded that the patients of both groups were submitted to cataract surgery with visual acuities less than the visual acuity ideally indicated; the patients with monocular vision showed visual acuities significantly less in relation to the patients with binocular vision; the majority of the patients of both groups mentioned difficulties to perform daily activities as a consequence of low vision; patients with monocular vision mentioned doubts in relation to the surgical results as compared with the patients with binocular vision; many patients of both groups did not know the cause of the visual difficulty or explained the visual difficulty by other cause than the cataract.