Visual impairment associated with mortality

New York, March 6 (IANS) People with severe visual impairment have a higher risk of all-cause mortality than those with normal vision or mild visual impairment, a new study says.

The findings indicated that the risk of mortality was 29 percent higher for participants with mild visual impairment compared to normal vision. The risk increases to 89 percent among those with severe visual impairment.

“It’s important to address these issues early, because the loss of vision affects not only how you see the world, but also your experience of the world and your life,” said researcher Joshua Ehrlich of the University of Michigan.

“This analysis provides an important opportunity to promote not only health and well-being, but also longevity by correcting, rehabilitating and preventing avoidable vision loss around the world,” Ehrlich added.

For the study, published in The Lancet Global Health, the research team examined a meta-analysis consisting of 48,000 people from 17 studies to better understand the link between visual impairment and all-cause mortality.

It is important that four out of five cases of visual impairment can be prevented or corrected. Globally, the leading causes of vision loss and blindness can be avoided: cataracts and unmet need for glasses, the team said.

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