Following the vision screening of all mental patients in a U.S. Veterans Administration Psychiatric Hospital 39 schizophrenic patients were determined to have severe, long standing uncorrected distance habitual vision (20/70 or worse) of a refractive nature. The nurse evaluation of these patients after a period of wearing spectacle prescriptions shows a tendency toward improved mental health.
*Read before the Section on Public Health and Occupational Optometry at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, Toronto, Canada, December 14, 1971. For publication in the January 1973 issue of the American Journal of Optometry and Archives of American Academy of Optometry.
†Optometrist, Fellow, American Academy of Optometry.
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