Big Pharma is robbing you blind -- and that's not just a figure of speech, because antidepressant meds will boost your risk for cataracts.

This isn't some minor issue, either -- the study found that each year, 22,000 seniors come down with dangerous vision-robbing cataracts due solely to antidepressant drug use.

Canadian researchers compared data on 19,000 seniors who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to data on 190,000 seniors who skipped the meds, and found that the drugs upped cataract risk by an average of 15 percent.

That's bad enough -- but it gets much worse for users of some meds. Fluvoxamine, sold as Luvox had a 39 percent increased risk, while venlafaxine, marketed as Effexor increased the risk by 33 percent, and paroxetine -- better known as Paxil -- upped the cataract odds by 23 percent.

Ready to roll the dice yet? Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness. And if you're a senior, what's more frightening than that? Lose your sight, and you can kiss whatever's left of your independence goodbye... and say hello to the old folk's home.

And if you're in one those joints, believe me -- it's better if you can't see the place. You'll probably wish you could lose your senses of smell and taste, too.

If you still think pills are the best way to beat the blues, you're blind to begin with -- because no matter how you look at it, these meds are bad news. They can rob you of everything from your personality to your sex life.

But here's a glimmer of hope: The study found that past use didn't increase the cataract risk. So if you're on these drugs now and still have your eyes, count your lucky stars while you can still see them -- and then find another approach for your depression.