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September 1986

Visual Acuity Loss in Patients With Usher's Syndrome

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(9):1336-1339. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050210090031

• Using a life-table analysis, visual acuity loss with age was determined for a population of 106 patients with type 1 (N = 35) and type 2 (N = 71) Usher's syndrome. The cumulative percentage of patients maintaining visual acuity of 6/12 (20/40) or better in at least one eye by age 29 years was 69% for type 1 patients and 94% for type 2 patients. The cumulative percentage maintaining visual acuity of 6/24 (20/80) or better at this age was 89% for type 1 and 98% for type 2 patients. Within each subtype, the cumulative percentage maintaining 6/60 (20/ 200) or better was similar to the percentage maintaining 6/24 (20/80) or better. Knowledge of these data provides an objective basis for counseling patients with Usher's syndrome about their probability of developing loss of central visual acuity with age.