, Volume 57, Issue 1, pp 83–88 | Cite as

Vision related quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes in the EUROCONDOR trial

  • Marina TrentoEmail author
  • Olga Durando
  • Sonia Lavecchia
  • Lorena Charrier
  • Franco Cavallo
  • Miguel Angelo Costa
  • Cristina Hernández
  • Rafael Simó
  • Massimo Porta
  • for the EUROCONDOR trial investigators
Original Article


To evaluate vision related quality of life in the patients enrolled in The European Consortium for the Early Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy, a clinical trial on prevention of diabetic retinopathy. Four-hundred-forty-nine patients, 153 women, with type 2 Diabetes and no or mild diabetic retinopathy were enrolled in a 2-year multicenter randomized controlled trial. The 25-item National Eye Institute Visual Functioning Questionnaire was used to explore 12 subscales of vision related quality of life. The patients were 62.8 ± 6.7 years old and had 11.1 ± 5.6 years known disease duration. Diabetic retinopathy was absent in 193 (43.0 %) and mild in 256 (57.0 %). Patients without diabetic retinopathy were older, had shorter diabetes duration and used less insulin and glucose-lowering agents but did not differ by gender, best corrected visual acuity or any subscale, except vision specific mental health and vision specific role difficulties. Patients with reduced retinal thickness at the ganglion cell layer (n = 36) did not differ for diabetic retinopathy but were older, had lower best corrected visual acuity and worse scores for ocular pain, color vision and peripheral vision. On multivariable analysis, worse scores for general vision remained associated with reduced retinal thickness, diabetes duration and best corrected visual acuity, and scores for visual specific mental health with diabetic retinopathy and lower best corrected visual acuity. Visual specific role difficulties were only associated with reduced best corrected visual acuity. Scores for driving decreased among females, with worsening of Hemoglobin A1c and best corrected visual acuity. Color vision depended only on reduced retinal thickness, and peripheral vision on both reduced thickness and best corrected visual acuity. The National Eye Institute Visual Functioning Questionnaire could detect subtle changes in patients’ perception of visual function, despite absent/minimal diabetic retinopathy.


Type 2 diabetes Diabetic retinopathy Visual function Vision related quality of life 



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 278040.

MT, OD, SL, MAC, CH and RS collected and analyzed the data and revised the manuscript. LC and FC did the statistical analysisand revised the manuscript. MT and MP drafted and finalized the manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Members of EUROCONDOR, who have contributed to this paper

F. Bandello and R. Lattanzio (Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Italy), J. Cunha-Vaz and M.A. Costa (Association for Innovation and Biomedical Research on Light and Image, Portugal), C. Egan (Moorfields Eye Hospital, UK), J. García-Arumí (Valld’Hebron University Hospital, Spain), J. Gibson (University of Aston, UK), S. Harding (University of Liverpool, UK), S. Karadeniz (International Diabetes Federation, Europe Region, IDF Europe), G. Lang (University of Ulm, Germany), P. Massin (HôpitalLariboisière-APHP, France), E. Midena (University of Padova, Italy), B. Ponsati (BCN Peptides, Spain), M. Porta (University of Turin, Italy), P. H. Scanlon and S. J. Aldington (Cheltenham General Hospital, UK), R. Simó and C. Hernández (Valld’Hebron Research Institute and CIBERDEM, Spain), J. Grauslund (Odense University Hospital, Denmark).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marina Trento
    • 1
    Email author
  • Olga Durando
    • 1
  • Sonia Lavecchia
    • 1
  • Lorena Charrier
    • 2
  • Franco Cavallo
    • 2
  • Miguel Angelo Costa
    • 3
    • 4
  • Cristina Hernández
    • 5
  • Rafael Simó
    • 5
  • Massimo Porta
    • 1
  • for the EUROCONDOR trial investigators
  1. 1.Laboratory of Clinical Pedagogy, Department of Medical SciencesUniversity of TurinTurinItaly
  2. 2.Department of Public Health and PaediatricsUniversity of TurinTurinItaly
  3. 3.Association for Innovation and Biomedical Research on Light and ImageCoimbraPortugal
  4. 4.Diabetic Retinopathy Centre, Department of Medical SciencesUniversity of TurinTurinItaly
  5. 5.Vall d’ Hebron Research Institute and CIBERDEM (ISCIII)BarcelonaSpain

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