Color Discrimination and Accuracy of Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring in Type I Diabetic Patients

P. T. Sawicki, L. Karschny, V. Stolpe, E. Wolf, M. Berger
1991 Diabetes Care  
Objective: To determine the importance of color discrimination ability regarding accuracy in the selfmonitoring of blood glucose. Research Design and Methods: Two hundred two insulin-dependent (type I) diabetic patients performed the Fansworth-Munsell 100-hue test and a second group of 159 type I diabetic patients performed a new Dusseldorf 26-hue test. Error scores in both tests were compared with error scores of patients' self-monitoring of blood glucose measurements with Chemstrip
more » ... est 20-800 strips. Results: Color discrimination ability decreased with age, diabetes duration, and presence of retinopathy. It was independent of the degree of glycemia and accuracy of self-monitoring of blood glucose. Conclusions: Impaired color vision by itself is no reason to abandon self-monitoring of blood glucose with visually read strips.
doi:10.2337/diacare.14.2.135 pmid:2060416 fatcat:r7qeq4okwfhxhhi3t2nvw4lfa4