The Impact of Uncorrected Presbyopia: A Systematic Review

  • Although presbyopia is believed to be the ‘most’ common ageing physiological condition producing near vision impairment, little is known of its impact on quality of life of an individual.

  • The objective of this study was to systematically review relevant literature investigating the impact of presbyopia on individuals.  Participants in the study were people 35 years and older.

  • A systematic extensive search of databases and the reference lists of retrieved studies were conducted using the standard methodology adhering to the PRISMA statement. The identified studies were assessed by 2 independent reviewers.  The checklists from the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) and Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) Guidelines tools were used to determine inclusion of studies in the review. Descriptive statistics was used to analyse the data.

  • A total of 3663 studies were retrieved and only 14 met the inclusion criteria.  These studies included 11 cross-sectional studies and 3 cohort studies.

Publication date

July 22, 2020

Sponsor Institution

Commissioned by the Vision Impact Institute


Pirindhavellie Govender, Kajal Shah, Nyika Mtemeri, Jyoti Naidoo, Kovin Naidoo
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