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Maintaining Healthy Eyesight Can Help Keep Your Brain in Shape

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  • As your vision worsens with age, so too may your cognitive abilities; research shows visual impairment at a distance is associated with declining cognitive function over time
  • People who had worse vision when the eight-year study began also had lower scores on tests of cognitive function
  • It could be that poor vision makes it harder for people to engage in activities known to stimulate the brain, like knitting, crossword puzzles or socializing with others; it’s also possible that vision changes could alter your brain at the structural level
  • Both worsening vision and cognitive function are common among elderly people, but you have the ability to take control of your health so your eyes and your mind stay clear and functioning optimally

By Dr. Mercola

It's said that your eyes are the window to your soul, but they may also provide a unique window to your brain. As your vision worsens with age, so too may your cognitive abilities, according to research published in JAMA Ophthalmology. By the age of 65, 1 in 3 people have some type of eye disease that reduces vision, and in the U.S., about 70 million Americans will be 65 years or over by 2030.

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