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Common Eye Conditions Linked to Increased Dementia Risk Santa Monica, CA
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Regular eye exams are vital for your vision and your brain. As you age, certain conditions that can rob you of vision can also increase the risk of dementia. Here is everything you need to know about common eye conditions that are linked to an increased risk of dementia.

Current Research with Eye Conditions and Dementia Risk

According to a research study published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and diabetes-related eye disease may be linked to increased dementia risk. According to the study, the risk for dementia was 26% higher for individuals with age-related macular degeneration than people with no ophthalmic conditions. The risk rose 11% with cataracts and 61% with diabetes-related eye disease.

It is important to note that the study is unable to prove the direct cause, only an association between eye conditions and dementia. The specific reason on how eye conditions increase dementia risk was not referenced in the study. More research is being done to determine the connection in order to develop treatments.

Reducing Dementia Risk from Common Eye Conditions

There are a few things you can do to help reduce your risk of dementia from common eye conditions. Consuming a healthy diet can minimize the development of eye disorders. If you have diabetes, it is important to keep blood sugar levels under control. You may be able to reduce the risks of macular degeneration and cataracts by wearing sunglasses outdoors and refraining from tobacco use. A consultation with a family doctor can help you determine your specific risks for dementia and keep your eyes healthy.

Learn More About Common Eye Conditions and Dementia

If you are concerned about the connection between dementia and common eye conditions, it can be helpful to have a discussion with a family doctor. Dr. Brent Michael provides exceptional care for a wide variety of health conditions. With regular visits, you may be able to reduce your risks and maintain healthy eyes as well as a healthy brain. Contact Dr. Brent Michael for more information on common eye conditions linked to an increased risk of dementia today.

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2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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