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Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Vision Problems

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. This prevalent condition damages and destroys connections between neural cells in the brain. The main cause is a build up of abnormal accumulations of β-amyloid protein (Ab) in the form of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles composed of aggregated tau protein.

The retinal nerve fiber layer of the eye thins out in Alzheimer’s disease. The neurons responsible for processing vision often are damaged, resulting in ambiguous vision symptoms in the early stages of the disease. These abnormalities can be missed on a routine eye exam and may cause a patient to have problems recognizing objects, seeing colors, and processing motion. These vision problems increase the risk of accidents.

The genetic and environmental causes of this disease are the subject of ongoing research. Early research indicates that sophisticated equipment, like that available at Agnone, Morrison and Associates, Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Inc will aid in early detection and help monitor the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Further research is needed, however, before such techniques can be fully utilized in a clinical setting.

The office of Agnone, Morrison and Associates, Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. is on the leading edge of diagnostics and treatment. Our team of nationally recognized eye doctors, draws from a suite of advanced tools, techniques, ongoing research studies, and collaboration with researchers from across the country.  Our goal is to diagnose, treat, and eventually prevent degenerative eye and brain conditions.

Located in Marysville Ohio, Agnone, Morrison and Associates, Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. is a state-of-the-art medical and surgical practice that serves patients from Ohio and nearby states of Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, with patients traveling from as far away as Virginia, Texas, Georgia, and New Mexico for expert care.

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