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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Visual Function After Correction of Distance Refractive Error with Ready-Made and Custom Spectacles: A Randomized Clinical Trial

AUTHOR:

Brady, C.J., Villanti, A.C., Gandhi, M., Friedman, D.S. and Keay, L.

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YEAR PUBLISHED:

2012

PUBLICATION:

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to assess patient-reported outcome measures with the use of ready-made spectacles (RMS) and custom spectacles (CS).

  • A double-masked, randomized clinical trial was done with a total of 363 adults aged 18 to 45 years.

  • Higher income and education were associated with a reduced degree of improvement in satisfaction.

  • Ready-made spectacles produce large but slightly smaller improvements in visual function and quality of life compared with custom spectacles.

  • Ready-made spectacles produce similar satisfaction with vision at one-month follow-up when compared with custom spectacles.

  • Ready-made spectacles can be used in settings where custom spectacles are unavailable or not affordable.