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Alzheimer’s and Eyesight: An Important Connection

Meanwhile, as a result of a different study, University College London researchers are linking the retina with the brain and suggesting that the condition of retina cells can potentially predict the onset of Alzheimer’s.  They have found that damage to and death of cells in the retina mimics the same degeneration of brain cells. While the technique they’ve developed for monitoring retina cell death has only been tested on animals, they plan to have initial patient trials in late 2010.  Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is critical in order to stop and reverse the cell death before it is too late.

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology researcher, Professor Francesca Cordeiro, says “Few people realize that the retina is a direct, albeit thin, extension of the brain. It is entirely possible that in the future a visit to a high-street optician to check on your eyesight will also be a check on the state of your brain.”

Both studies suggest the importance of eye care and timely treatment of eye disease as we age.

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Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.

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2:04AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

very interesting, thanks for sharing

8:23PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Always good to learn something new, thanks :)

6:30PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Interesting information.

8:54PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

great articles, thanks for sharing

12:02PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

Good information - I had heard this before and it makes sense.

8:56PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

I didn't know there was a link between eye problems and dementia. Thanks for the information.

2:34PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Thank you

2:08PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

It is a bit alarming!

1:28PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

thanks for info

12:49PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Thanks for the information. This is very helpful. My dearest friend has early onset Alzheimers. I will pass this on to her.

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