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Effect of depression on actual and perceived
effects of reading rehabilitation for people with
central vision loss

Patricia Grant, MS, et al.


Figure 2. Correlation between baseline Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depres-sion Scale (CES-D) depression level and Adaptation to Age-Related Vision Loss Scale (AVL) outcome measure (post minus baseline score).

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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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Grant P, Seiple W, Szlyk JP. Effect of depression on actual and perceived effects of reading rehabilitation for people with central vision loss. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011;48(9):1101-8.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.05.0080
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