Macular Degeneration affects mental health too

The National Eye Institute recently conducted a study that found that patients with low vision are twice as likely as the blind to suffer from depression and five times more likely than the normal population to suffer from depression.

The study involved mental health professionals and eye care professionals who sought to determine the cause of depression in patients with low-vision due to age.

In addition to the study findings, researchers also reviewed anecdotal evidence that showed that almost 1 in 10 low vision patients had some form of a mental health problem.

Low vision patients experience an inability to perform typical daily tasks such as reading, watching TV, and cooking, which causes them to struggle with maintaining independence. Eye care professionals can help their low-vision patients lead fulfilling lives by addressing patients’ concerns and fears regarding their vision issues.

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