Approximately 160,000 veterans in the United States are legally blind, with age-related macular degeneration being among the most prevalent reasons (37%). Research has suggested a significant relationship between depression and a decline in visual function. Although there are Department of Veterans Affairs services available to assist veterans who are either blind or have low vision to maximize functional ability, questions still exist regarding the interaction of psychological status with successful rehabilitation outcomes. Our study demonstrates that depression may influence vision rehabilitation outcomes. We believe future research should focus on defining standard methods to assess and remediate depression as part of the rehabilitation process.
Volume 48 Number 9, 2011
Pages 1101 — 1108
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