Study results link low vision to depression

People with low vision due to age are twice as likely to experience depression compared to the blind and five times more likely compared to normal individuals, a recent study from the National Eye Institute found.

Additional anecdotal evidence suggested that one in 10 people with low vision attending a low vision clinic had some form of mental health problems, and all individuals with low vision were found to have a general reduction in quality of life.

The researchers recommended prompt treatment with low vision glasses, which could help patients avoid concern and depression. Additionally, optometrists who specialize in low vision can help deal with these concerns.

People with low vision due to age are twice as likely to experience depression compared to the blind and five times more likely compared to normal individuals, a recent study from the National Eye Institute found.

Additional anecdotal evidence suggested that one in 10 people with low vision attending a low vision clinic had some form of mental health problems, and all individuals with low vision were found to have a general reduction in quality of life.

The researchers recommended prompt treatment with low vision glasses, which could help patients avoid concern and depression. Additionally, optometrists who specialize in low vision can help deal with these concerns.