Progressive cognitive decline and vision loss are common age-related conditions experienced by seniors. New evidence suggests there could be a link between the two. The family eye care experts at Vision Care Plus break down the findings below.
The Study’s Findings
A study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on May 24 found that visually impaired adults aged 45 and older were 3.5 times more likely to experience cognitive decline than those without visual impairment.
When Cognitive Decline Is a Cause for Concern
Some level of cognitive decline can occur naturally through the aging process. However, if the rate of decline is unusually fast, it might be a sign of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which studies have shown can increase a person’s risk of developing dementia.
Correlation vs. Causation
If you have some form of visual impairment, you shouldn’t worry too much about cognitive decline. While cognitive decline and visual impairment can occur at the same time, a firm connection between the two has not yet been established. Remember, correlation doesn’t equate to causation.
If you’re concerned about your visual health, we recommend seeing your family doctor or local optometrist. Maintaining your vision health can help delay some of the effects of aging.
Roughly one out of three people will experience a vision-reducing condition by the time they’re 65. As such, routine eye check-ups are all the more important as you age.
Looking for an optometrist in your neighborhood? Vision Care Plus, a BBB-accredited clinic, offers a wide range of professional eye care services, including vision therapy. To set up an appointment with our highly trained doctors, call us at (844) 201-5900. Or you can leave us a message on this page. We serve homeowners in Leduc, AB.