Depression linked to loss of vision for everyday activities

Researchers found among more than 10,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that people aged 20+ with self-reported vision loss were nearly twice as likely as those with no vision loss to be positive for depression on a nine-item scale. Overall one in 10 adults with vision loss was depressed.

Objectively measured loss of visual acuity was not associated with depression after controlling for a range of chronic conditions and lifestyle factors.

JAMA Ophthalmol; online 7