Dementia "linked to poor eyesight"

Dementia "linked to poor eyesight"

People with poor eyesight may be at an increased risk of developing dementia, according to a new study.

The report, carried out by researchers from the University of Michigan, found that those who take steps to have their vision corrected may help to reduce their risk, however.

According to the study, those who rated their own vision as very good or better were two-thirds less likely to develop dementia over an eight-year follow-up period.

Commenting on the study, Mr Arthur Cummings, a consultant ophthalmologist at the Wellington Eye Clinic in Dublin, told IrishHealth.com: "It is possibly down to the fact that poor vision makes it more difficult to engage in healthy lifestyle habits known to control dementia risk, such as regular exercise and mentally stimulating activities like reading."

by Emily Tait

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