Indrė Steponkutė, Dovilė Mitkutė, Ingrida Janulevičienė
Aim. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration on the tear film break-up time and the quality of patients life.
Methods. This was a questionaire study among 50-70 years patients with glaucoma (40 patients) and age-related macular degeneration (40 patients) of MA LUHS Clinic of the Eye Diseases between the years 2010 and 2011. Questionaire of ocular surface diseases (OSDI) and glaucoma symptoms scale (OSSG) were used. Data was analysed using SPSS Statistics 17.0. P values less than 0,05 were considered as statistically significant.
Rezults. More pronounced dry eye syptoms are observed in glaucoma group patients. In daily activities (reading, driving, using a computer, watching TV) problems related to eyes most of the time limited AMD patients than glaucoma patiens. BUT is significantly longer in patients with AMD (8,8 sec.) than in glaucoma patients (3,5 sec.).
Conlusions. Life quality in glaucoma patients is negatively affected because of the decreased tear break-up time and dry-eye symptoms. Life quality in age-related macular degeneration patients in negatively affected because of the general vision impairment. Glaucoma has a greater influence on the decreased tear break-up time.
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Keyword(s): glaucoma; age-related macular degeneration (AMD); tear film break-up time (BUT); quality of patients life
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