Alzheimer’s and eyes — what’s the connection?
In the next 5 years, a million people in the UK will have dementia and the large majority will have Alzheimer’s disease. You may have heard about the consequences of Alzheimer’s: confusion, memory loss and disorientation, to name a few. But what has this got to do with vision? As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, we wanted to explore the connection between Alzheimer’s and vision — yes, the two are very much connected and here’s how.
Eyesight and Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain, causing the gradual degeneration of brain cells. This understandably causes problems with mental abilities but it also has an effect on vision. Clear vision requires that both your eyes and your brain are working well and in harmony with each other; it’s your brain’s job to interpret the visual information that streams in through your eyes.In people with Alzheimer’s, changes in the brain disrupt its ability to process visual information and this results in multiple vision problems, including: