A recent Scientific Reports study investigated whether visual impairment (VI) affects mental disorders in the older population.
In 2020, about 1.1 billion people were living with some form of VI, which is a very common preventable disorder. Lifestyle changes and population aging are expected to increase this number in the coming years, and most of the burden is likely to fall on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Besides the economic costs, VI adversely affects various aspects of a person’s daily life. The elderly individuals are more vulnerable as they often have many co-existing problems.
Prior research in Western and high-income countries has investigated the relationship between VI and mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, cognitive impairment, and suicide.
VI’s psychological problems have received less attention as this is conceptualized as a physical problem. In Iran, no prior studies have analyzed VI’s psychological angle, and the current study is the first to fill this gap.