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 Age, health and antidepressant use linked to eye disorders

Abnormal binocular vision increases dramatically as we age, according to research from the University of Waterloo. The study also found a correlation between this condition, general health and antidepressantuse.

As many as 27 per cent of adults in their sixties have an actual binocular vision or eye movement disorder. That number rises to 38 per cent for those over age 80. About 20 per cent of the general population suffers from a binocular vision disorder, which affects depth perception and therefore may increase the risk of falls.

This study shows a connection with antidepressant use and general health. Conditions such as diabetes and thyroid disease are known to cause such problems, but this is the first study to link binocular vision disorders with overall general health. Similarly other writers have discussed a possible association between certain antidepressant drugs and specific binocular vision disorders, but this is the first study to actually demonstrate a link between antidepressant use and binocular vision and eye movement disorders.

 

 

Last Update : 2017-12-12 00:25:15

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