Impact of Lighting Assessment and Optimization on Participation and Quality of Life in Individuals with Vision Loss

Turid Borgestrand Øien*, Anne Mette Jacobsen, Signe Tornøe Tødten, Tine Russotti, Peter Smaakjær, Rune S. Rasmussen

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Abstract

This pilot study was designed to investigate the effects of a holistic lighting intervention on the quality of life for individuals with low vision. Sixty participants (44 women; median age 69 years) with visual impairment received lighting interventions, including a home visit and consultation in a lighting lab. Assisted by low vision consultants, participants evaluated their performance using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) before and after the intervention. Improvements in visual functioning and quality of life were evaluated using the 39-item National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI VFQ-39), the Groffman Visual Tracing Test, and the Farnsworth Dichotomous Test (D15). Following the lighting intervention, scores improved for all activities in the COPM (p < 0.01), for near activities and vision-specific role difficulties in the VFQ-39 (p < 0.05), and overall in the D15 test (p < 0.05). These results suggest the intervention provided an effective method for improving the participants’ quality of life and performance.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages19
ISSN0738-0577
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Activities of daily life
  • Domestic lighting
  • Lighting assessment
  • Low vision rehabilitation
  • Quality of life

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