Physical inactivity in relation to self-rated eyesight: Cross-sectional analysis from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Smith, Lee and Timmis, Matthew A. and Pardhan, Shahina and Latham, Keziah and Johnstone, James (2017) Physical inactivity in relation to self-rated eyesight: Cross-sectional analysis from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. BMJ Open Ophthamology.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjophth-2016-000046

Abstract

Background: To assess the cross-sectional association between self-rated eyesight and physical activity behaviour in a large general population sample of older English adults. Methods: Analyses of data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Participants provided information on self-rated eyesight (categorised as: excellent/ very good/ good/ fair-poor) and their own physical activity levels (categorised as: inactive/ moderate only at least 1/ week/ vigorous at least 1/ week). Associations between self-rated eyesight and physical activity levels were examined using logistic regression. Results: A total of 6,634 participants (mean age 65.0±9.2years) were included in the analyses. In adjusted logistic regression models those with fair-poor and good eyesight were significantly more likely to be inactive than those who reported excellent eyesight (OR 2.07, 95% CI 1.58, 2.72; OR 1.59, 1.27, 1.99, respectively). Conclusion: In this sample of older English adults, those with self-rated fair-poor vision were over twice as likely to be physically inactive than those who reported having excellent vision. When consistent data has emerged, interventions to increase physical activity in those who have poor eyesight are needed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: self-rated eyesight, physical activity, cross-sectional
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Dr James Johnstone
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2016 09:22
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2017 15:32
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/701341

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