Depression associated with vision loss

11 Mar 2013, 16:11
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According to the new study published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology depressed people have a higher chance of vision loss.


During the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2008, 10000 adults aged 20 and older were observed.


Among people who reported vision loss the level of depression was 11%, and among those who did not report — 5%.


After taking into account different factors like gender, age, health condition, researchers established essential connection between vision loss and depression. However, the study did not show that vision loss was a cause of depression.


Dr. Xinzhi Zhang, from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, said: «This research helped to get new data from a national sample to summarize the relation between vision loss and depression in adults of different age. Better identification of depression among those who report reduced possibility to do daily routine activities because of vision loss is justified».


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