Screen Eye Clinic Patients for Depression: Study

Source: Medscape

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | Health Care


Eye clinic patients with low vision or blindness, and those who smoke or have diabetes, are at increased risk of being depressed and should be screened for depression, new research reports. "It is highly significant that 20% of our patients - double what we were expecting - regardless of their eye condition, had clinical depression, and it validates our concerns about the association between vision loss and depression, a significant and possibly dangerous side effect of declining vision," co-author Dr. Lisa A. Hark, of Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, told Reuters Health by email.

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