Study: People With Depression More Likely To Have Vision Loss

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An eye exam being performed at a medical clinic.  (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

An eye exam being performed at a medical clinic. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) – According to a new study, people with depression are more likely to have self-reported vision loss.

Researchers analyzed data from over 10,000 participants, all of whom were at least 20 years old and had taken part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2008.

The survey determined that the rate of depression was nearly 11 percent among participants with self-reported vision loss, according to HealthDay. Depression rates of only 5 percent were observed among those who did not report vision loss.

Researchers did take factors such as age, sex, and overall health into consideration. And despite the possible existence of other factors, the study reportedly was able to conclude that there was a significant connection between self-reported vision loss and depression.

“This study provides further evidence from a national sample to generalize the relationship between depression and vision loss to adults across the age spectrum,” Dr. Xinzhi Zhang, of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, stated in a news release obtained by HealthDay.

The team of researchers involved in the study was able to conclude that “better recognition of depression among people reduced ability to perform routine activities of daily living due to vision loss is warranted.”

The study was reportedly published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology.

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