Retinal damage 'might signal risk' for dementia and death

An observational study finds a dose-dependent association with retinopathy severity

Damage to the retina may provide an early warning sign of increased risk for dementia and early death, providing time for early intervention, new research suggests.


The findings emphasise the utility of the retina as a “window into the brain” that could help to gauge microvascular health, according to lead researcher, Dr Michelle Lin of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida, US.

Dr Lin and her colleagues examined the association of retinopathy with stroke, dementia and the risk of death in adults participating in