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Depression and low vision

Many of our patients tell us that they are depressed.† A Lighthouse International study found that 34.1% of low vision patients develop some level of clinical depression.† When we speak to ophthalmologists, they tell us that they believe that the level of depression in their patients is much higher.† Some have told us 50%.

Coming to terms with vision loss is very difficult for many of our patients.† Depression era elders are notorious for not accepting counseling help.† However, some do.† That is why we were pleased to discover that there are networks of therapists who provide counseling.† Many of them accept health insurance and some of them see patients in the patientís home.† The two networks we discovered are:

 

Therapy Matcher: (617) 720-2828

Interface referral service: (888)-244-6843

 

Both are referral services that will match patients with therapists in their area who accept their insurance.† Patients and/or their families will have to talk to the referred therapist to determine if it is a match.

We believe that this is VERY important resource for low vision patients.† Over the years, we have found that those patients who have come to term with their vision loss become significantly more independent with training.