Visual impairment associated with a decline in cognitive function
Bottom Line: Worsening vision and declining cognitive function are common conditions among older people. Understanding the association between them could help reduce age-related cognitive changes. A study of more than 2,500 adults aged 65 and older found rate of worsening vision was associated with rate of declining cognitive function. More importantly, vision has a stronger influence on cognition than the reverse. The study finding suggests maintaining good vision through the prevention and treatment of vision disorders in old persons may be a strategy to lessen age-related cognitive changes.
Authors: D. Diane Zheng, M.S., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, and coauthors
<p><strong>Related material: </strong>The commentary, "<strong>Treating the Eyes to Help the Brain,"</strong> by Paul J. Foster, Ph.D., F.R.C.S., (Ed)., of Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, and coauthors is also available on the For The Media website.</p> <p><strong>To Learn More:</strong> The full study is available on the For The Media website.</p> <p>(doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.2493)</p> <p>Editor's Note: Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.</p> <p>###</p> <p><strong>Want to embed a link to this study in your story? </strong>Link will be live at the embargo time http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaophthalmology/fullarticle/10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.2493 </p> <p><strong>Media Contact</strong></p> <p>Kai Hill <br />[email protected]