Vision-related Quality of Life in Patients with Non-infectious Uveitis: A Cross-sectional Study

posted on 21.03.2017 by Pedro Arriola-Villalobos, Lydia Abásolo, Julián García-Feijoo, Benjamín Fernández-Gutiérrez, Rosalía Méndez-Fernández, Esperanza Pato, David Díaz-Valle, Luis Rodriguez-Rodriguez

Purpose: To analyze the influence of socio-demographic, comorbidity, and clinical-related variables in the vision-related quality of life (VR-QoL) of non-infectious uveitis patients.

Methods: Cross-sectional study includes 156 consecutive non-infectious uveitis patients from a tertiary uveitis clinic from Madrid (Spain). The main outcome was the log-transformed composite score of the Visual Functioning Questionnaire 25. Bivariate and multivariate ordinary least-squares regression models were performed and results expressed using effect sizes with 95% confidence intervals (95% CI).

Results: In the multivariate analysis, one unit increase in the logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution scale [i.e., worse best corrected visual acuity (BCVA)] was associated with a seven times worse VR-QoL (a 0.14-fold change [95% CI: 0.07–0.27]). Patients with ocular comorbidities had a 64% worse VR-QoL (a 0.61-fold change [95% CI: 0.49–0.77]).

Conclusions: Lower BCVA and the presence of ocular comorbidities had a significant, independent, and deleterious effect in the VR-QoL of non-infectious uveitis patients.


This work was supported by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), Ministry of Health, Spain [Miguel Servet research contract: CP12/03129 to LRR]. Funders had no role in the design, collection, management, analysis, interpretation of the data, preparation, review, approval, or decision to submit the manuscript for publication.