1. Are the Eyes Windows to Early Dementia? Thinner retinal nerve fiber layer may be associated with worse cognitive function

    Are the Eyes Windows to Early Dementia? Thinner retinal nerve fiber layer may be associated with worse cognitive function

    Retinal neurodegeneration was linked to cognitive decline, adding to a growing literature that suggests retinal structures may be biomarkers for dementia, according to results from two prospective studies. A thinner retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) was tied to worse cognitive function in people without neurodegenerative disease and greater odds of future cognitive decline, reported Paul Foster, PhD, of the University College London, and colleagues, for the U.K. Biobank Eye & Vision Consortium . And among Rotterdam Study participants in the Netherlands, thinner RNFL was associated with increased risk of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, according to M. Kamran Ikram, MD, PhD ...

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