This study highlights a whole new possible consequence of low vision. While I have not heard of possible suicide, I have been told by patients or their family that they've suffered from depression since losing vision. It is not surprising. When vision decreases to the level where someone can no longer drive, read or recognize faces they have lost independence. That can be devastating. It is a very difficult adjustment to go from life long good vision to dealing with the consequences of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.
Reading the Reuters article may give you a bit more insight into the issues faced by a person with low vision. Happily, some of these people can regain independence through the use of special low vision devices, microscopic or telescopic glasses as well as other types of devices. You can read of the successes of some of my patients on my Facebook page. www.Facebook.com/VirginiaLowVisionOptometrist