Last week a popular meteorologist for the Fox News channel in Detroit took her life apparently as a result of a failed Lasik procedure. 35 year old Jessica Starr, mother of 2 young children, experienced unrelenting pain and vision issues. She chronicled her experiences and inability to get help on Facebook. Very sad and tragic.
In reading of this tragic event I was reminded of the plight of people with vision loss who struggle to maintain their lifestyle and independence. Studies have shown that people with macular degeneration have a 30% incidence of depression. That's twice the level as other people the same age who do not have macular degeneration. Like Ms. Starr they are often pleading for help with their vision and being told that nothing can be done. I am not aware of a connection to suicide but considering the high rate of depression it seems possible.
Thankfully there is help available for those with vision loss from macular degeneration. As you will see on my website or by Googling "low vision specialist" there are many types of telescopic and microscopic glasses and other devices that help people with impaired vision see better. If you're struggling with vision loss you owe it to yourself to seek the help of a low vision doctor like myself. You can call me for a complimentary telephone consultation at 866 321-2030.