Maintaining Independence and Quality of Life

by Dan Roberts
March 2011
The “English Longitudinal Study of Ageing” has found that people with poor eyesight are three to five times more likely than those with good eyesight to suffer from low quality of life, poor psychological health, and depression.1
When those inequalities are accounted for, however, the impact of poor eyesight itself makes almost no difference. By awakening and strengthening other senses that have lain dormant in deference to sight, up to 99% of all normal daily living activities can be continued, and quality of life can be maintained.2
1 Marmot M, Banks J, Blundell R, Lessof C, Nazroo J. Health, Wealth and Lifestyles of the Older Population in England. The 2002 English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. London: Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2003.
2 “An Examination of Sensory Contributions to Independent Activities of Daily Living” by Dan Roberts (February 2011)

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