Untreated Vision Problems May Increase Risk of Dementia
A recent study has found that older adults with untreated vision problems may be at a higher risk of developing dementia.
A recent study by Taylor & Francis has found older adults with untreated vision problems may be at a higher risk of developing dementia.
Participants of the study with sight problem were 137% more likely to experience cognitive impairment than older adults without vision problems. Additionally, the risk of developing cognitive impairment was 41% higher for participants with vision problems, and the risk of dementia was nearly 45% higher for this group.
The research team hopes these findings encourage older adults to prioritize visual health. Preventing or treating long-term eye conditions may help their cognitive function in later life.
“This study is among the first to evaluate the association between sight problems and cognitive outcomes in older adults through a comprehensive examination of all available population-based studies. Although the reasons behind this remain unclear, it suggests that diagnosing and treating eye conditions may be beneficial – both to improve a person’s quality of life and also to potentially slow down or stop memory loss.”
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