In a previous study significant glare sensitivity (using Vistech MCT8000) was found only in patients with posterior subcapsular cataracts (PSC) beyond the very early (LOCS II grade 1) stage. The aim of the present study was to evaluate glare sensitivity in patients with early cataracts. The brightness acuity tester (BAT) was used with the Pelli-Robson chart on 50 patients with early cataracts (LOCS II grade 1 or 2) and on 14 normal volunteers. Only age and PSC were found to be associated with change in contrast sensitivity at high glare. Eyes with grade 1 PSC were not significantly different from eyes with grade 0 PSC after adjusting for age. Eyes with grade 2 PSC had significant glare effect compared with eyes having grade 0 PSC. Thus, glare sensitivity is associated only with early (grade 2) PSC. Other tests still need to be developed to assess visual function changes in patients with early cortical and nuclear cataracts.
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