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, &quot;<strong>Treating the Eyes to Help the Brain,&quot;</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  </p>                               <p><strong>Media Contact</strong></p>    <p>Kai Hill  <br />[email protected]