New research from the University of Cardiff's School of Optometry and Vision Sciences has been announced that is hoped to establish new evidence into the link between visual impairment and depression.
The 'Depression in Visual Impairment Trial' (DEPVIT) will evaluate two forms of treatment, problem solving and referral to the GP. Results gained from the study will have a significant impact on the treatment path assigned to visually impaired patients.
A co-ordinator of the trial, Claire Nollett, commented, "This study will have a profound effect on the delivery of rehabilitation services for people with a visual impairment. Depression is a leading cause of disability in the UK and can make the problems associated with visual impairment much worse, people feel unable to cope, become socially isolated and can lose their independence."
The DEPVIT study was launched at Cardiff University as part of the Welsh Eye Care Conference and will be funded by the charity Guide Dogs. Recruitment of participants will be taking place across sites in Wales as well as Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trust in London.