Study finds link between visual impairment and health care u
A Study was conducted to determine the association between visual impairment (VI) and medical care use.

All patients were observed until they became visually impaired. They were then matched with 2 control groups: One group of people with nonvisual disability and second group of people without any disability. Main Outcome Measured for Ophthalmic outpatient and inpatient use and nonophthalmic outpatient and inpatient use.

Results:
--Compared with people with nonvisual disability, those with visual disability demonstrated a lower nonophthalmic outpatient costs and outpatient visits (2.8 times).

--However, the opposite was noted when for ophthalmic use, where people with visual disability used more compared with people with other types of disability and people without disability.

--An age-stratified analysis revealed that visual disabilities had an age-related dose–response effect on the reception of nonophthalmic and a slight nonlinear effect on the reception of ophthalmic care.

Conclusively, studies looking into the impact of VI on medicinal use should separate aggregate use into individual categories. Persons with VI should have their ophthalmic and nonophthalmic care utilization compared to people with other disabilities and people without disabilities.

Source: https://www.ajo.com/article/S0002-9394(21)00402-5/fulltext?rss=yes
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