Saturday, 14 November 2015

Quality of Life of Glaucoma Patients with its Socio-demographic and Clinical Associates

Abstract Medical Glaucoma is a major cause of blindness. It affect quality of life of patients. So the present study was carried out in ESI Hopital, Jaipur with the aim to assess quality of life of glaucoma patients as per WHOQOL-Bref. Along with assessment of quality of life of patients various socio-demographic and clinical associates of this quality of life was also found. It was observed that quality of life of glaucoma patients was lowered in all four domains i.e. Physical, Mental, Social and Environmental. Among socio-demographic variables, quality of life was not found to be associated with sex and marital status but it was found more poorer in elder age groups and low socio-economic status. Among clinical variables its quality of life of glaucoma patients was not found to be associated with papillary reaction, Anterior chamber depth (ACD), type of glaucoma and duration of glaucoma but it was found more poorer in glaucoma patients with pain, congestion and defective visual equity. Quality of life was significantly lowered in sever glaucoma. Glaucoma patients should be educated to realize the severity of the disease and importance of the adherence to daily treatment.

Key words: Glaucoma, Quality of Life, WHOQOL-Bref

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