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Invited Commentary
September 2016

Depressive Symptoms in Ophthalmology Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Erickson School of Aging Management Services, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Catonsville

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JAMA Ophthalmol. 2016;134(9):1015. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2016.2367

Busy clinicians must balance their focus on the presenting disease of a patient with a duty to detect other comorbidities that the patient might be experiencing. Because depression affects 25% to 40% of individuals with significant eye pathology,1 it is reasonable to ask whether ophthalmologists should take specific steps to detect depression and then refer those who have symptoms for further assessment and treatment.

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