New research shows that people with mild vascular disease, which causes damage to the retina, may also have trouble with thinking and memory skills, according to a press release from the American Academy of Neurology. The study, published in the medical journal Neurology, showed that women who had retinopathy had lower scores on cognitive tests. They also had “more areas of small vascular damage within the brain,” the press release states.
“Problems with the tiny blood vessels in the eye may be a sign that there are also problems with the blood vessels in the brain that can lead to cognitive problems,” said study author Mary Haan. “This could be very useful if a simple eye screening could give us an early indication that people might be at risk of problems with their brain health and functioning.”
+ Learn about Bon Secours Neuroscience Institute