(EN) Functional vision is important is a claim which is supported by compelling scientific evidence

18.05.2018

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”Maintaining one’s functional vision is the ultimate goal of vision
health care. Understanding functional vision is particularly important
as many eye diseases are hidden and people don’t realize that they
have a problem as the brain will typically compensate early vision
losses. I am convinced that information about the functionality of
vision will be highly valued by the patient.”

David Crabb
Professor
Optometry and Visual Science, School of Health Sciences,
City University of London

 

”Our sense of sight allows us to make quick, accurate
observations on our environment and to act accordinglywhether
it’s a question of coping with traffic, our job, or
simple, everyday chores. This is what we call functional
vision, and it is the maintenance
and improvement of functional vision for the entire
population that is the main goal of eye care professionals.
This goal can be achieved by preventing vision-threatening
diseases or by diagnosing such diseases as early as possible
and by providing, cost-effectively, the necessary treatment.
We frequently fail to notice defects in our vision because
our brains are so good at patching up observational
gaps – we don’t notice what we fail to see. That’s why it is
important to make functional vision measurements. It is
particularly important for people who run a risk of catching
eye diseases – their vision should be monitored more
closely than usual as instructed by an eye doctor.”

Kai Kaarniranta
Professor of Ophthalmology, Senior Medical Officer,
Kuopio University Hospital

 

”As people get older, age-related eye diseases become
more common. For example, glaucoma, age-related
macular degeneration, and diabetes-based eye changes
are among the conditions that, if they remain untreated,
may permanently impair vision-related aspects of a
person’s performance. Therefore, early diagnosis of changes
caused by diseases – when the disease is still often at
an asymptomatic stage- is important as is the proper
monitoring of a disease once it has been diagnosed.
Eye doctors are responsible for diagnosing and treating these
diseases but monitoring disease-related changes often takes
place remotely as well, in which case high-quality followup
examinations and reliable communication between
healthcare providers gain in importance.
At the same time, monitoring patients remotely can free up
resources for the examination of new patients so that people
will not need to wait to be treated in congested eye care
departments in hospitals and so that no patient’s vision is
jeopardised for this reason.”

Nina Hautala
Professor, Senior Medical Officer
University of Oulu, PEDEGO Research Unit and MRC Oulu,
Ophthalmology Department of Oulu University Hospital