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Visual function after pan-retinal photocoagulation: a survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  4038642     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Thirty-five diabetic patients who had undergone pan-retinal photocoagulation were surveyed to determine the frequency and severity of visual difficulties they experience. Among the most frequent problems were difficulty adjusting to dim lighting, difficulty adjusting to bright lighting, and trouble in sorting dark colors. Judging distances, negotiating stairways, and avoiding obstacles were identified as having become more difficult since the laser treatment. According to a correlation analysis, the difficulties encountered in some important tasks, such as driving in the daytime, were highly related to visual acuity. However, many of the problems reported most frequently, and many of the problems whose frequency had increased the most since the laser therapy, were not related to acuity. Despite their many visual complaints, the patients expressed very positive attitudes toward the photocoagulation treatment.
P W Russell; R Sekuler; C Fetkenhour
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Diabetes care     Volume:  8     ISSN:  0149-5992     ISO Abbreviation:  Diabetes Care     Publication Date:    1985 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-04-16     Completed Date:  1985-04-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7805975     Medline TA:  Diabetes Care     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Ocular
Dark Adaptation
Diabetic Retinopathy / physiopathology,  surgery*
Laser Therapy*
Lasers* / adverse effects
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications
Vision Disorders / etiology*,  physiopathology
Visual Acuity
Visual Fields
Grant Support

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