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The social impact of visual impairment
  1. Geraint P Williams,
  2. Vanita Pathak-Ray,
  3. Michael W Austin
  1. Ophthalmology Separtment, Singleton Hospital, Swansea, UK
  1. Correspondence to: MrG P Williams University Hospital Birmingham, Selly Oak Hospital, Raddlebam Road, Birmingham 329 6JD, UK; gpwilliams{at}

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We read with interest the extended report by Hassell et al1 about the adverse effect of quality of life in mild visual impairment (<6/12) and worse. Their demonstration of the impact of age-related macular degeneration on quality-of-life indices is an important illustration of the difficulties experienced by visually impaired people.

We have reported a similar experience in West Glamorgan (Wales, UK).2 Our study was comprised of 66 patients registered as blind/partially sighted (59.1% because of age-related macular degeneration). The demographic characteristics mirrored this study (mean age 81.33 (SD 9.87) years; 69.7% female). We used an alternative index …

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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