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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month

As we come to a close for the month of June I would like to share some information about the importance of eye exams and how they can identify early warning signs of Alzheimer’s.

Ella from MyVision reached out with some great information that I am happy to share with you below. Enjoy taking in some good details and check out their website!

Eye exams for those with suspected Alzheimer's can be crucial in identifying warning signs early. Using refined eye exams, doctors have been able to confirm an Alzheimer's diagnosis by using refined eye examinations. When conducting exams in a research study done at Duke University School of Medicine, doctors found that changes in the retinal blood vessels mirrored small vessel cerebrovascular changes in early-stage Alzheimer's patients.

In general, there is a direct link between the eyes and various cardiovascular illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Common symptoms of these conditions often include diabetic retinopathy, where high blood sugar impacts retinal blood vessels or glaucoma.

Eye exams are not only simple, easily accessible, and noninvasive, but they are an effective way to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer's; Doctors use a retinal scan and look for specific patterns on retinal blood vessels, working as a digital picture of the optic disk, retina and blood vessels.

With regular eye exams, doctors can catch damage to the visual perception caused by Alzheimer's like:

  • Poor color discrimination

  • Problems with object recognition

  • Loss of depth perception and more

For more information on how eye exams and Alzheimer's are linked, please visit the Alzheimer's guide on ;

MyVision is an organization of expert ophthalmologists and optometrists dedicated to providing trusted information on eye health and vision.

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