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Eye Health

13 November 2007

Specs give gran new lease on life

Giving eyeglasses to nursing home residents in need of vision correction improves their quality of life and reduces depression, a new study shows.

Giving eyeglasses to nursing home residents in need of vision correction improves their quality of life and reduces depression, a new study shows.

Don't get care they need
Visual impairment may be up to 15 times more common among nursing home residents compared to the general population, Owsley and her team note. But nursing home residents frequently don't get the vision care they need, the researchers add; only a small fraction of nursing homes have eye care services on-site, while half of residents in facilities that do have vision care services available have not received them.

More quality of life
After two months, people who had their vision corrected immediately scored higher in many areas of quality of life, including more participation in activities and hobbies; less difficulty reading; less psychological distress; and more social interaction compared to the delayed treatment group. They also had fewer depressive symptoms.


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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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