New Study Links Certain Eye Conditions to Increased Risk of Dementia

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Eye Disease and Increased Risks for Dementia

A recent study out of the UK has found that people who suffer from age-related macular degeneration are 25% more likely to develop dementia. The study, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, also determined that cataracts increase risks for dementia by 11% while diabetic retinopathy increases risks by an alarming 61%.

Conducted on a group of 12,000 middle-aged Britons, this study suggests the presence of these age-related and health-related eye disorders significantly increase the risk of dementia, although glaucoma seemed to have little impact at all.

It is important to remember that these conditions – macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts – cannot always be avoided. There are, however, lifestyle changes that can help prevent their onset.

Reducing Risks for Eye Disorders

A healthy diet and smart lifestyle choices can help to reduce the risk of developing nearly all eye diseases and disorders. This includes choosing whole foods, focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables, and reducing or eliminating your intake of refined sugars, processed meats, and simple carbohydrates.

For people with diabetes, keeping blood sugar levels under control will reduce the risk of developing diabetic eye disorders. Risks for both cataracts and macular degeneration can be reduced by wearing sunglasses when outside, refraining from all types of tobacco use (including e-cigarettes), and adding certain nutrients to your diet. Working with an experienced eye doctor is the best way to determine how to reduce your specific risks and learn how to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.

Neither macular denervation nor diabetic retinopathy can be cured. Once these conditions have begun, lifestyle changes are imperative for slowing their progression and protecting your long-term vision. Cataracts can be treated through cataract surgery during which the natural lens of the eye is replaced with an artificial one. At Seeta Eye Center, we offer several cataract surgery options, including bladeless cataract surgery, to help ensure the most pleasing results.

Is Your Vision Changing? Contact Us for an Examination Today!

One of the best ways to protect your long-term visual health is through routine eye examinations. If it has been over a year or if you are experiencing changes to your vision, give us a call at 845-454-1025 to schedule an examination today. We maintain offices in Poughkeepsie and Yorktown. We welcome patients from all surrounding areas.