A new study in the UK finds that seniors with declining vision are more likely than their peers with good eyesight to experience discrimination, Reuters Health reports.
Researchers surveyed more than 7,000 men and women aged 50 and older and determined that visual impairment was often met with disrespect and discrimination. The results were published in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Those with bad eyesight who experienced discrimination were more also likely to report symptoms of depression and loneliness.
“Teaching coping strategies may help older people with poor vision mitigate the risks for mental health associated with discrimination,” said the study’s lead author, Sarah Jackson, a research fellow at University College London.
She said that society needs to tackle negative attitudes and discriminatory behavior toward people with visual impairment.