Monday, April 12, 2010

Eye Exams

Here is the latest email from Dr. Jacobs

How Eye Exams Keep Your Brain Young
By RealAge

When was your last eye exam? It's possible your answer could affect your risk of Alzheimer's.

In a new study, people with vision problems who failed to visit the eye doctor -- or who left their vision problems untreated -- were nine times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. Time for a checkup?

The Vision/Cognition Connection

To be clear, researchers don't think vision problems are a direct cause of Alzheimer's disease. But untreated eye problems could keep people from engaging in the types of activities that are good for your brain -- like reading, playing games, and even walking and socializing.

Prioritize Your Eyes

Regardless of the connection between untreated eye problems and cognitive decline, there are lots of other good reasons to see your eye-care specialist regularly. The most important? Sight-robbing eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy typically don't have any early warning signs. Regular eye exams are the only way to spot them and treat them early.

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