There is little memory loss and it is difficult to recognize a person. That alone is impossible not to think about it. We tell ourselves that it is the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease. Still, it may just be a vision problem.
Géraldine Zamansky, a journalist at the Magazine de la Santé in France 5, today talks about health issues that are of interest to people affected by age- and old-age-related vision problems.
franceinfo: According to the results of the first Australian study, should we actually consider testing eye conditions before fearing the worst for the brain?
Geraldine Zamansky: that’s right. These Australian scientists warn us After passing the same test twice with a perfectly healthy volunteer. These tests are used to assess brain performance. For example, to find out if he is actually suffering from the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
And in one of the two rounds of testing, volunteers had to wear strange glasses. Eyeglasses that mimic the loss of vision caused by illness, AMD. Age-related macular degeneration damages areas of the retina and makes them clearly visible. The effect can be far more insidious than the classic need to look carefully at the glasses in the 1940s.
AMD can blur the image slightly, especially in the center, and requires more light. It’s late and older people can’t always identify what’s happening to them to ask for help.
Also, did the volunteers pass the test when using AMD glasses?
One of the tests needed to react very quickly to the appearance of light spots. Result: The score is very low when wearing AMD glasses. But it has a perfectly healthy brain. It’s impressive. Therefore, the Australian author of this study warns the experts involved.
The patient’s eyes should be examined before the brain is examined. Diagnosis may be delayed due to AMD’s insidious symptoms. Also, the affected people “stick” to the failed test because the image is too blurry to recognize the face, their memory is blamed, and they can go. When it comes to their vision, they are told that it was a kind of pre-Alzheimer’s disease! !! nightmare.
So may you need to consult an ophthalmologist before assessing your memory?
Of course, it still depends on the context. But what is certain is that you will need to check your eyes regularly after 50 years. They are also threatened with glaucoma and the most famous cataracts. After that, diagnosis and treatment can protect your eyesight. And that’s not all. One study found that people who had cataract surgery had a lower risk of dementia than people who had diminished vision.
In short, a closer look will make you more active and therefore more stimulating your brain! Unfortunately, finding a meeting with an ophthalmologist can be difficult, but I understand that it’s worth it.