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Eye Misalignment Linked to Mental Illness

Eye Misalignment Linked to Mental IllnessA new Mayo Clinic reports finds that children whose eyes are misaligned and point outward are at significantly increased risk of developing mental illness by early adulthood. The study is published this month in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The retrospective study examined the medical records of 407 patients with strabismus (misaligned eyes) and compared them with records of children matched for age and sex but with normal eye alignment.

Children with eyes that diverged (exotropia) were three times more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder than were the control subjects, while those with inward deviating eyes (esotropia) showed no increase in the incidence of mental illnesses.

Brian Mohney, M.D., the Mayo Clinic pediatric ophthalmologist who led the study, says the results can help alert physicians to potential problems in their pediatric patients.

“Pediatricians and family practice physicians who see children with strabismus should be aware of the increased risk of mental illness,” says Dr. Mohney.

“They can hopefully be alert to the earliest signs of psychiatric problems in patients with exotropia, so they can consider having them seen by a psychologist or psychiatrist.”

Strabismus is a misalignment of the eyes that affects three to five percent of children, and about 125,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.

Further information about the study, including a video interview with Dr. Mohney describing the findings and how the study was prompted by a medical student’s observation, is available on the Mayo Clinic News Blog at: http://newsblog.mayoclinic.org/2008/11/25/eye-divergence-triples-mental-illness-risk/

Source: Mayo Clinic

Eye Misalignment Linked to Mental Illness

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Eye Misalignment Linked to Mental Illness. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 9, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/12/01/eye-misalignment-linked-to-mental-illness/3424.html

 

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