To evaluate the effect of dopaminergic medication and deep brain stimulation on ocular function in Parkinson disease (PD) and to measure vision-related quality of life in subjects with PD.
Prospective comparative case series.
Participants and Controls
Twenty-seven PD and 16 control subjects were recruited.
We measured visual acuity, ocular motor function, convergence, and vision-related quality of life using the Visual Function Questionnaire–25 (VFQ-25). Visual sensory and motor measurements were made during the “on” and “off” states of PD dopaminergic treatment.
Main Outcome Measures
Convergence ability and vision related quality of life.
The PD subjects had a mean age of 58.8 years; 30% were female. Their mean duration of PD was 10.9 ± 6.8 years. The control subjects had a mean age of 61.6 years; 56% were female. There was no difference in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity or color vision of the PD subjects in their “on” state compared with controls. Convergence amplitudes measured with base-out prism were significantly poorer in PD subjects compared with controls (24.1 ± 8 Δ vs 14.8 ±10.3 Δ; P=0.003). The mean composite VFQ-25 score was significantly worse in the PD subjects compared with the controls (87.1 ± 8.69 vs 96.6 ± 3.05; P=0.0001).
Comparing the PD subjects in their “on” with their “off” states, there was no difference in distance exodeviation, near exodeviation or ocular ductions. Mean convergence amplitudes and near point of convergence were better in the “on” state compared with the “off” state, 14.8±10.3 Δ vs 10.7±9.0 Δ, (P=0.0006), and 13.1±9.1 cm vs 18.1±12.2, (P=0.002), respectively.
Convergence ability is significantly poorer in PD subjects in both their “on” and “off” states compared with controls, but significantly improves with systemic dopaminergic treatment. Ocular motor function in PD subjects fluctuates in response to treatment, which complicates ophthalmic management. PD subjects have a significant reduction in vision-related quality of life, especially near activities, that is not associated with visual acuity.