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Minerva Oftalmologica 1999 June;41(2):65-8

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Visual impairment as observed in a population group in Italy of over 60 years of age. Cross-sectional investigation

Cruciani F., Moramarco A., Pagliarini S., Marangolo L., Ciminelli S., Regine F., Salandri A. G., Balacco Gabrieli C.


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The results of an epidemiological study carried out in Salandra, a small town in Matera province, in Italy are reported. This investigation involved the population over 60 years of age and was organised by the University of London (associated with Moorfields Eye Hospital) and the University of Rome «La Sapienza» in Autumn of 1991. The study included 366 subjects with an average age of 69.54 years (SD=6.88), 162 were males (44.26%) and 204 were females (55.74%). 75.95% (278 subjects) belonging to both sexes (p=0.395) had a substantially normal visual function (visual acuity „6/10). Subjects with a visual acuity less than 3/10 in the best eye were 28 (7.65%), those with an acuity less than 1/10 were 10 (2.73%) and 1 patient was legally blind. The most frequent pathological conditions were: bilateral cataracts, age related macular degeneration, retinopathies of various origins and glaucoma.

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