Patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and good vision in at least one eye did not subjectively report sleep disturbances, according to HCP Live.
Using 68 patients with AMD (45 with exudative AMD (E-AMD) and 23 with non-exudative AMD (NE-AMD), the team followed sleep patterns from November 2015 to February 2016. The participants did not have any other retinal diseases. The results were presented in a poster presentation at the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS 2016) in San Francisco, California.
The patients (all over the age of 55) completed the PROMIS Sleep Disturbance Questionnaire 8a, Berlin Questionnaire, and Insomnia Severity Survey. These surveys give insight to subjective sleep quality as well as screen for obstructive sleep apnea.
Visual acuity averaged at 0.146 logMAR (20/27 Snellen) in the better seeing eye and 0.478 logMAR (20/60 Snellen) in the worse seeing eye. A total of 62 patients had vision 20/40 or better and the remaining six patients had vision 20/100 in the better eye.