Health-related quality of life in patients with cataract and glaucoma

J Glaucoma. 2000 Feb;9(1):87-94. doi: 10.1097/00061198-200002000-00015.


The patient's perspective of his or her own health status as it relates to functioning and well-being is referred to as health-related quality of life. Various generic and ophthalmology-specific survey instruments have been used to gain an understanding of patient-oriented health status in patients with cataract or with glaucoma. Improvement in vision-targeted quality of life has been shown following cataract surgery; however, an improvement in self-perceived overall health status following cataract surgery has not been established. Increasing severity of glaucoma has been shown to be negatively related to vision-targeted quality of life; the relationship between increasing severity of glaucoma and overall self-perceived health status is inconclusive. Integration of the concepts of health-related quality of life into clinical practice will require the development of better measurement instruments that can demonstrate notable outcome advantages for patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cataract / psychology*
  • Glaucoma / psychology*
  • Health Status*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life*
  • Visual Acuity
  • Visual Fields