Childhood Eye Condition Linked to Psychiatric Disorders

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According to findings recently published in the Archives of Ophthalmology the childhood eye disorder, intermittent exotropia, which occurs in about 1% of developmentally normal children, is linked to increased risk for mental illness in young adults. Children with the eye disorder had almost a threefold increased risk for psychiatric illness by early adulthood. Furthermore, 53% of children with exotropia were diagnosed with a mental health disorder by early adulthood as opposed to 30.1% of controls. According to the researchers, “The increased rates of mental illness in males with exotropia is of particular concern given that males are nearly twice as likely as females to successfully complete suicide… further study is needed to determine whether interventions can decrease or otherwise alter the future development of mental illness.” Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses the study more.

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