Longitudinal associations of self-reported vision impairment with symptoms of anxiety and depression among older adults in the United States

JAMA Ophthalmology May 22, 2019

Frank CR, et al. - Researchers examined how self-reported vision impairment may be related to depression and anxiety symptoms in older US adults. This 5-year, nationally representative cohort study included 7,584 Medicare beneficiaries aged ≥ 65 years. Overall, the investigators noted an increased hazard of reporting future symptoms of depression among participants with self-reported vision impairment at baseline and an increased hazard of reporting vision impairment in the future among those with depression or anxiety symptoms at baseline, suggesting that older US adults may have a longitudinal and bidirectional association between vision impairment and mental health symptoms.

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