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50140 Glaucoma and Depression: Eye Health Professionals e-newsletter

Date: Fri 22/05/2020 - Sun 22/05/2022

Provider: Glaucoma NZ

Optometrist Credits: 0.25 General Credits

Event Type(s): Online


There is no denying that quality of life is a critical component of a person’s wellbeing and their ability to live a fulfilled life. While the markers of quality of life may differ across countries and cultures, vision is consistently listed as one of its core drivers – so what happens to those whose sight is compromised because of glaucoma?

Professionals are becoming increasingly aware of an often silent issue amongst glaucoma patients – depression and anxiety. While the elderly are already at risk of these mental health problems, a loss of vision can accelerate these emotions and further isolate sufferers from getting assistance. It is more important than ever to be able to recognise the symptoms of depression and anxiety among patients and to know how to act to ensure patients are getting the support they need to live a fulfilled and comfortable life.

The following article explores the connection between glaucoma and depression as it pertains to eye health professionals, and is worth 0.25 CPD points. The article encompasses:

The connection between glaucoma and depression;
Risk factors for depression in patients with glaucoma;
Signs to be aware of in your patients; and
Steps you can take to support them.
Please note that at the end of the article you will be asked to complete a short quiz to be eligible for the CPD credit.

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