The association between visual field defect severity and fear of falling in primary open-angle glaucoma

Kenya Yuki, Sachiko Tanabe, Keisuke Kouyama, Kazumi Fukagawa, Miki Uchino, Masaru Shimoyama, Naoki Ozeki, Daisuke Shiba, Yoko Ozawa, Takayuki Abe, Kazuo Tsubota

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Purpose. To determine if glaucomatous visual field defect severity is associated with fear of falling. Methods. This is a cross-sectional study. A total of 387 consecutive subjects with POAG were enrolled in this study along with 293-ocular disease-free control subjects, who were screened at the same institutions. We defined mild POAG as MD of -6 dB or better, moderate POAG as MD of -6 to -12 dB, and severe POAG as MD of -12 dB or worse in the better eye. All participants were requested to answer a questionnaire on fear of falling. Associations between POAG severity and the prevalence of fear of falling were evaluated with the Cochran-Armitage trend test. Multivariable factors including age-adjusted odds ratios (ORs) for the prevalence of fear of falling and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were evaluated with logistic regression models. Results. The p revalence of fear of falling was 35/293 (11.9%) in the control group, 38/313 (12.1%) in the mild POAG group, 12/48 (25.0%) in the moderate POAG group, and 6/26 (23.1%) in the severe POAG group, and the trend was statistically significant (P =0.028 Cochran-Armitage trend test). The adjusted ORs for prevalence in the mild, moderate, and severe POAG groups compared with that in the control group were 1.44 (95% CI: 0.83-2.51), 2.33 (95% CI: 1.00-5.44), and 4.06 (95% CI: 1.39-11.90), respectively. Conclusions. Among patients with POAG, the severity of visual field defects is associated with fear of falling. ( number, UMIN000005574.).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7739-7745
Number of pages7
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov 21



  • Fear of falling
  • Glaucoma
  • Quality of life
  • Visual field

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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