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Three Eye Conditions Linked to Higher Alzheimer’s Risk

Three eye diseases have been linked to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), results of a large, longitudinal, population-based study suggest.
Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and diabetic retinopathy (DR) were associated with a 40% to 50% increased risk for AD.
Participants recently diagnosed with glaucoma had a 46% increased likelihood of developing AD. Similarly, the risk among those recently diagnosed with AMD or diabetic retinopathy had a 50% increased AD risk compared with their counterparts without these conditions.
Although the study evaluated individuals with degenerative eye conditions for subsequent risk for AD or all-cause dementia, there is a potential for the association to be bidirectional. When neurologists evaluate patients for possible dementia, they may also want to ask about eye health, she said.  
The study was published online August 8 in Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

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