Hypertensive retinopathy associated with lower cognitive fun
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Cognitive scores were lower in the presence of hypertensive retinopathy in mid-life and older women, according to a speaker at the virtual Prevent Blindness: Focus on Eye Health National Summit. There is no question, the eye is part of the brain. And more importantly, it is a visible part of the brain through the retina and the optic nerve.

The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation was a multisite longitudinal study of the health of 3,302 women recruited between ages 42 and 52 years. Study parameters were physical, biological, psychological and social changes.

Three cognitive tests were administered during each participant’s 15th visit over the course of the study. Mean age at that visit was 64.9 years. At the University of Michigan, Moroi and colleagues evaluated vision as an ancillary parameter at a 16th visit when participants received a comprehensive eye exam to assess refractive error, dry eye, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, hypertensive retinopathy and macular degeneration. Mean age at that visit was 66 years.

There are lower cognitive scores in the presence of hypertensive retinopathy while adjusting for demographics, education, systemic hypertension, use of blood pressure medicines and the study visit.

Source: https://www.healio.com/news/ophthalmology/20200720/hypertensive-retinopathy-associated-with-lower-cognitive-function-in-aging-women
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