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Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2004 Jun;15(3):181-3.

Age-related macular degeneration and depression: a review of recent research.

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  • 1Jefferson Medical College and Wills Eye Hospital, and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, 900 Walnut Street, 8th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. Robin.Casten@Jefferson.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

The purpose of this review is to summarize current research findings regarding relationships between depression and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

RECENT FINDINGS:

The current literature indicates that the prevalence of depression among patients with AMD is fairly high (approximately 30%) and that depression is a major cause of disability among patients with AMD, even when severity of vision loss is considered. Interventions to alleviate the emotional distress associated with vision loss are also discussed.

SUMMARY:

Several studies indicate that AMD is a risk factor for depression, and this has serious consequences for the quality of life among patients with AMD.

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15118503
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