Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Eye problems and suicide

Eye conditions that lead to physical impairment can have a number of psychological, social and health consequences including impaired activities of daily living, social isolation, mental impairment, increased dependency on others, increased car crashes, falls and fractures, depression and poor health. A study of 137, 479 people in the U.S. found that even after allowing for age, sex, race, marital status and other health problems visual impairment was still associated with a 50% increase in death by suicide (although this was not considered statistically significant by the researchers). When eye problems were combined with poor self-rated health and other medical conditions they were found to significantly raise the risk of suicide.

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