Cataracts affect nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. And, according to Chinese researchers Haifang Wang, Hong-Peng Sun, Pei Wang, Yong Xu, and Chen-Wei Pan, older adults with cataracts are more likely to have symptoms of depression. The study, “Cataract and Depressive Symptoms among Older Chinese Adults” was published in the December issue of Optometry and Vision Science, the official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. [Read more…]
The Link between Vision Loss and Depression
According to a new study published in the March 7 edition of the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, individuals with depression are more likely to have self-reported vision loss. After analyzing 10,000 adults over the age of 20 who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2008, taking a number of factors like age, sex and general health into consideration, researchers determined there was a significant association between self-reported vision loss and depression. The rate of depression was calculated to be about 11% among people with self-reported vision loss and about 5% among those who did not report vision loss.
“This study provides further evidence from a national sample to generalize the relationship between depression and vision loss to adults across the age spectrum,” said Dr. Xinzhi Zhang, of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and his colleagues in a JAMA Ophthalmology journal news release. “Better recognition of depression among people reporting reduced ability to perform routine activities of daily living due to vision loss is warranted.”
The study did not show if vision loss or depression causes the other.
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