Monday, August 26, 2013

Macular degeneration and depression

A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology found that a 21.3% patients with a macular degeneration demonstrated severe symptoms of depression. The study also found that patients who lived with others had a lower prevalence of depression, which suggests the need to help ensure that patients with macular degeneration have adequate support and live in an environment that mitigates the risk of depression.

It is not surprising that severe depression is common among patients with macular degeneration, as the disease impairs vision to an extent that it reduces a person's quality of life.

This is normal vision:

Depression and age related macular degneration

 This is vision with macular degeneration:

Macular degeneration treatment in Vancouver, BC.

At our Vancouver eye clinic, we find that maximizing a patient's remaining vision can improve quality of life and reduce depression.  Visit for more information on how low vision devices can help the visually impaired.

This is not the first study to link vision and mental health. See the following related articles:

Sharp Vision Sharp Mind 
Feb 09, 2012

Depressed? Anxious? Maybe your eyes are too dry
Apr 20, 2012


Can J Ophthalmol 2013 Aug 01;48(4)269-273, J Jivraj, I Jivraj, M Tennant, C Rudnisky