Cataracts may increase depression among elderly

Older adults with cataracts are more likely to suffer from depression, says a new study from China.

Cataract, which is a clouding of the lens of the eye, might cause older adults to feel lonely and become withdrawn and depressed. This makes them less likely to see treatment for cataracts.

This is more common for women than men.

Older adults with low levels of education were 50% more likely to feel depressed. The study shows that cataract surgery may help improve mental health in the elderly.

Age-related cataracts are the leading cause of visual impairment worldwide and this is likely to grow as people are increasingly living longer lives.

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