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A person's left eye visual acuity, as represented by a code.


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This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Visual acuity code NN ".
Data Type String
Format NN
Maximum character length 2
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Permissible Values 01 6/5
02 6/6
03 6/9
04 6/12
05 6/18
06 6/24
07 6/36
08 6/60
09 CF (count fingers)
10 HM (hand movement)
11 PL (perceive light)
12 BL (blind)
13 6/7.5
Supplementary Values 99 Not stated/inadequately described


Guide for use:

Record actual result for both right and left eyes:

  • 1st field: Right eye
  • 2nd field: Left eye.

Test wearing distance glasses if prescribed.

Use pinhole if vision less than 6/6.

National Diabetes Outcomes Quality Review Initiative (NDOQRIN) data dictionary


Vision Australia, No 2, 1997/8; University of Melbourne

World Health Organization

US National Library of Medicine

Diabetes Control and Complications Trial: DCCT New England Journal of Medicine, 329(14), September 30, 1993

Principles of Care and Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Diabetes Mellitus

This content Based on Australian Institute of Health and Welfare material. Attribution provided as required under the AIHW CC-BY licence.

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