Depression is a serious health concern in Australia and affects approximately 1 in 3 individuals with low vision. For a person who has a vision impairment, depression can lead to increased levels of disability, reduced quality of life and interfere with and restrict rehabilitation outcomes (such as the use of optical devices and aids). Despite the availability of effective treatments, depression most often remains undetected and untreated in people with vision impairment.
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) have published a new report sponsored by Novartis. Out of Sight – a report into diabetic eye disease in Australia provides an overview of the impact of diabetic eye disease in Australia and looks into what can be done to prevent vision loss caused by the complications of diabetes.