Visual impairments, disability, and quality of life

In 2018 WESC Foundation began a collaboration with University of Bristol and University of Oxford to investigate the relationship between visual impairments caused by brain injury and measures of quality of life. Quality of life is a general term that covers a number of domains in an individual’s life such as physical health, levels of independence, psychological wellbeing, social relations, vocational and recreational activities, and personal belief systems. In previous studies there has often been a focus on levels of independence, particularly in activities of daily living such as ambulation, dressing, eating, and personal hygiene. Many different visual impairments can be caused by brain injury such as hemianopia, stereoblindness, visual agnosia, hemispatial neglect, and strabismus. However, it remains unclear how different impairments interact and impact on an individual’s quality of life. In the first of three systematic reviews we intend to research the impact of just visual perceptual impairments caused by stroke, while later reviews will focus on spatial inattention and eye movement conditions.

The study has been registered on the PROSPERO database and will be updated as the project progresses. Read the study protocol.