Link found between depression and vision loss in widespread U.S. study

A strong link has been found between a loss of vision and the depression that people suffer as a result of it.

When researchers reviewed data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, they found that the rate of depression among those with vision loss was twice as much as people who didn’t lose their vision. More than 10,000 adults aged 20 and older participated in the survey between 2005 and 2008.

Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Ophthalmology, the study showed that 11 percent of the people in the study who had vision loss also were experiencing depression, while only 5 percent with no vision loss were depressed.

The research team, which was funded by the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, factored in study participants’ age, gender and general health. They found the potential for depression is significant enough for it to be addressed by medical providers when a person experiences vision loss.

“Better recognition of depression among people reporting reduced ability to perform routine activities of daily living due to vision loss is warranted,” stated Xinzhi Zhang, M.D., a senior epidemiologist and health scientist administrator at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, who led the study.

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