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Psychometric properties of vision-related quality of life questionnaires: a systematic review

de Boer, M. R., Moll, A. C., de Vet, H. C., Terwee, C. B., Volker-Dieben, H. J., and van Rens, G. H.
The increased attention for quality of life (QOL) as an outcome measure has led to the development of numerous questionnaires to assess this construct in the field of ophthalmology. This article presents a systematic review on QOL questionnaires for people with vision impairments. We systematically searched and selected the literature. Furthermore, a rating list with descriptive aspects (e.g. target population) and psychometric aspects (e.g. reproducibility) was developed. The 31 questionnaires that were included in the review were rated on the basis of criteria stated in this rating list. The questionnaires were mostly targeted at cataract patients or visually impaired persons in general. Only a few of the questionnaires demonstrated sufficient psychometric quality. A recent development is the (re-)evaluation of questionnaires with Rasch analysis. This is one of the most important issues to which future research in this field should be directed.
Ophthalmic Physiol Opt
0275-5408 (Print)
Publication year:
Symptom status:
Physical state
Functional status:
Physical functioning
Role functioning
Social functioning
Overall quality of life:
Overall quality of life
Adults (18-65)
Children (0-18)
Seniors (65+)
Diseases of and symptoms related to the eye and adnexa
PRO / non-PRO:
Non-patient Reported Outcome
Patient Reported Outcome
Type of measurement instrument:
1 - Questionnaires
2 - Interviews
6 - Clinical rating scales
ADVS - Activities of Daily Vision Scale
ALB - Activity Level of the Blind
AVL - Adaptation to Age-Related Vision Loss Scale
BRSFOS - Blind Rehabilitation Services Functional Outcome Survey
Catquest (versions: Catquest-9SF)
CSS - Cataract Symptom Scale
DLTV - Daily Living Tasks Dependent Upon Vision
GO-QOL - Graves’ Ophthalmopathy-specific Quality of Life
HVAT - Houston Vision Assessment Test
IVI - Impact of Vision Impairment
LVQOL - Low Vision Quality Of Life questionnaire
MIOLS-HR-QOL - Madurai Intraocular Lens Study – Health-Related Quality of Life Questionnaire
MIOLS-VF - Madurai Intraocular Lens Study-Visual Functioning Questionnaire
MOOD - Measure of Outcome in Ocular Disease
NAS - Nottingham Adjustment Scale
NEI VFQ-25 - 25-item National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire
Nelson Score
NHI - National Health Interview
QLQ - Quality of Life Questionnaire
SOCA - Studies of Ocular Complications of Aids questionnaire
SQOL-DVI - Scale of Quality Of Life for Diseases with Visual Impairment
Turano’s instrument
van Dijk’s instrument
VCM1 - Core Questionnaire of Vision-Related Quality Of Life Measure
VDA - Visual Disability Assessment
VF-14 - Visual Function Index-14 (versions: VF-7)
VFI - Visual Functioning Index