Table 3

Process and results of thematic analysis

Process of thematic analysisResults of thematic analysis
Initial identification of themesReview of themesRereview and naming/defining themesIdentification of subthemesDescriptive definitions, n=41
Explicit definition, n=35 (DNRDS*, n=6)
Diagnostic/operationalising criteria, n=43
ThemesSubthemesThemesSubthemes
1. Vision1. Vision1. Vision Deficits
Any references to difficulties with the conscious perception of vision
1. Complete blindness35 (2*)5424
2. Visual acuity reduction/visual impairment19 (1*)30
3. Visual dysfunction11 (1*)8
2. Eye health normal2. Eye health (including inconsistent vision eye health)2. Eye Health
Any reference to the health of the ocular structures or the anterior visual pathways
1. Eye health normal/near normal20 (1*)14 (1*)4022
3. Inconsistent vision eye health2. Eye problems do not account for the extent of vision problems618
4. Brain3. Brain3. Brain Integrity
Any mention of brain or neural involvement
1. Brain damage25 (5*)2120
2. Posterior visual pathway damage8 (1*)5
3. Optic radiation damage1 (1*)0
4. Retrochiasmatic pathway damage11 (1*)2
5. Retrogeniculate pathway damage34
6. Posterior pathway damage, including higher processing/association areas0 (2*)1
5. Paediatric
6. Miscellaneous (including aetiologies, assessment methods)
  • *DNRDS, description not reaching definition status.