EDITORIAL ISION LOSS AND DEPRESSION HAVE LONG tional vision measures outside a vision rehabilitation set- been linked but their relationship has not ting, the information conveyed through a patient’s history, been well understood. Each condition by particularly their chief concerns, cannot be ignored. itself can be life altering but, when com- Whenever patient concerns are not explained by clini- V bined, their deleterious effects may be cal findings, regardless of the measures used, look fur- compounded. In this issue of JAMA Ophthalmology, Zhang ther: vision is complex and deficits in any of its compo- et al address the relationship between vision loss and nents, however elusive, are critical to a patient’s functional depression, and they provide evidence that loss of func- status. tional vision (ie, actual task-related visual perfor- West et al found that contrast sensitivity loss as- mance) is linked to depression. This finding under- sessed with the Peli-Robson Letter Sensitivity Test (Pre- scores the importance of addressing not only the causes cision Vision), as well as decline in visual acuity, affects of vision loss but their consequences in everyday life. Their performance in everyday activities. However, they were analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition
JAMA Ophthalmology – American Medical Association
Published: May 1, 2013
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