The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of refractive vision correction through laser surgery (LASIK & PRK) of adults of working age (22-55). This study examined and compared the symptoms of depression, stress perception, and self-esteem prior to surgery and one month after surgery, when sufficient healing has occurred. Research has shown that vision impairment has been reported to be one of the 10 most significant causes of disability in the United States, and, even though clinicians are encouraged to assess emotional response to vision loss, the psychological factors that that play a role in adjustment to vision loss have not been sufficiently studied.
|Advisor:||Russell, Donna, James, Catherine|
|Commitee:||Diane, Malpass, Harris-Britt, April, Zwingelberg, Mark|
|Department:||Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Ophthalmology, Counseling Psychology|
|Keywords:||Depression, LASIK, Photo Refractive Keratectomy, Refractive, Self-esteem, Stress perception|
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