July 28, 2016
Patients who scored abnormally on any one cognition test had a thinner retinal nerve fiber layer thickness compared with patients who did not score abnormally, according to study results presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.
“As ophthalmologists, we can play a role in monitoring systemic diseases. We already do in diseases like diabetes, or we offer screening to detect potential problems and allow general physicians to treat them systemically,” Fang Ko, MD, told Ocular Surgery News in an interview. “If it’s thought nerve fiber layer thinning is a link with [a patient’s] cognitive function and cognitive decline, then what they really need to do is talk to their primary care physician and possibly a neurologist to treat and slow the progression of this dementia.”