Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Vision impairments reduce cognitive test performance

This is a preview of subscription content

Access options

Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

$32.00

All prices are NET prices.

Fig. 1: Performance on visual and non-visual cognitive tasks can differ between people with and without a visual impairment, even if they have equivalent cognitive abilities.

References

  1. Wood, J. et al. Optom. Vis. Sci. 87, 1037–1043 (2010).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Killen, A. et al. Age Ageing 42, 98–102 (2013).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Jefferis, J. M. et al. Age Ageing 41, 565–568 (2012).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. GBD 2019 Blindness and Vision Impairment Collaborators. Lancet Glob. Health 9, e130–e143 (2021).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Evans, B. J. & Rowlands, G. Ophthalmic Physiol. Opt. 24, 161–180 (2004).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Foreman, J. et al. Sci. Rep. 7, 8757 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. ViaOpta Simulator https://apps.apple.com/us/app/viaopta-simulator/id778653985, https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.novartis.visionsimulator (2019).

  8. Samanta, A., Mauntana, S., Barsi, Z., Yarlagadda, B. & Nelson, P. C. J. Telemed. Telecare, https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633X20970398 (2020).

  9. Wittich, W., Phillips, N., Nasreddine, Z. S. & Chertkow, H. J. Vis. Impair. Blind. 104, 360–368 (2010).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. Larner, A. Prog. Neurol. Psychiatry 19, 20–22 (2015).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  11. American Psychological Association. Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct Including 2010 and 2016 Amendments, https://www.apa.org/ethics/code (2017).

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Contributions

A.M., V.R.S. and T.L. conceptualized the correspondence. All authors contributed to and approved the final version the correspondence.

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Tobias Loetscher.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The authors declare no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Macnamara, A., Schinazi, V.R., Chen, C. et al. Vision impairments reduce cognitive test performance. Nat Aging 1, 975–976 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s43587-021-00135-2

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s43587-021-00135-2

Further reading

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing