Researchers connect degenerative eye diseases and Alzheimer’s

Researchers have discovered a link between three degenerative eye diseases and Alzheimer's disease.

They say their findings could lead to new ways to identify people at high risk for Alzheimer's, according to U.S. News & World Report.

"We don't mean people with these eye conditions will get Alzheimer's disease," said lead researcher Cecilia Lee, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

"The main message from this study is that ophthalmologists should be more aware of the risks of developing dementia for people with these eye conditions and primary care doctors seeing patients with these eye conditions might be more careful on checking on possible dementia or memory loss," Lee explained in a university news release.

The study involved 3,877 randomly selected patients, aged 65 and older. They were tracked over the course of five years, during which time 792 were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Read the full story at U.S. News & World Report.

 


Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia , Clinical , Uncategorized