Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers recently published two studies showing that the rate of eye disease may be increasing in the VA system, and that Veterans with serious mental illness have a higher rate of eye diseases than other Veterans. The first study, published in the November–December 2016 issue of General Hospital Psychiatry, showed that VA patients with serious mental illness have an even higher rate of dry eye, cataract and glaucoma than the general Veteran population. The second study, published in the January 2017 edition of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, found that the rate of eye disease, specifically glaucoma and cataract, increased in the VA Capitol Health Care Network from 2007 to 2011. For more information, read the VA VAntage Point Blog.
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