Common Eye Disease is Not Related to Memory-Loss Disease: Study

Common Eye Disease is Not Related to Memory-Loss Disease: StudyA latest study found that the ordinary eye disease affecting people belonging to an age group of 50 years and older is not linked to memory-loss disease such as dementia and Alzheimer's.

Researchers from the University of Manchester headed by eye surgeon Dr. Tiarnan Keenan examined the medical records of 66,000 patients who were diagnosed with the common eye disease called `age-related macular degeneration'.

Records of 168,000 Alzheimer's disease or dementia and over 7 million were looked upon by the researchers for assessment.

As per the National Institute of Health, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a widespread eye disease resulting in loss of sight to the elder population. It damages the macula, a small spot close to the center of the retina as well as the part of the eye required for sharp, central vision, which lets us see things that are directly in front.

The disease does not lead total blindness the loss of central vision can hinder simple day to day tasks. The tasks include the capability to see faces, drive, read, write or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house.

People who smoke, Caucasians and/or has family history of the disease are at a greater risk of the disease.

AMD is repeatedly connected to dementia as both affects elder people and have the similar risk factors.