ASSESSMENT OF QUALITY OF LIFE IN PRIMARY OPEN ANGLE GLAUCOMA PATIENTS: A CASE-CONTROL STUDY.
Aim: to evaluate quality of life in primary open angle glaucoma patients using a standard questionnaire.
Material and methods: The present prospective case-control study was conducted in the department of Ophthalmology, Patna Medical College and Hospital, Patna, Bihar, India. The study included 200 subjects who were divided into (case group n=100) and (control group n=100). Quality of life was assessed using Glaucoma Quality Of Life-15 Questionnaire (GQOL-15).
Results: Mean age of patients in case group (n=100) and control group (n=100) was 57.97 years, and 57.84 years respectively. Overall QOL score was significantly between the two groups (p<0001). QOL score increases as the Glaucoma Severity score increases.
Conclusion: QOL of patients with glaucoma was found poor as compared to control group. It showed a clear trend of worsening QOL scores with increasing severity of disease.
Keywords: Glaucoma, Quality of life, QOL-15