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Get Your Eyes Checked (Dementia Warning)

One thing you should know about eye issues is that time is of the essence.

I have a friend with a lazy eye who got it “fixed” a few years ago, but his brain still hasn’t registered the change.

Even though his eyes look normal to everyone else, he still sees the world through his long-lost lazy eye.

It reminds me of something my optometrist told me:

“You see with your brain, not your eyes.”

Which makes sense.

Our eyes are literally built into our brain.

So, eye problems directly effect the brain.

A recent study published in the Journal of Aging and Mental Health gives us the sobering wake-up call that unchecked eye issues can even increase your risk of dementia. [R]

The researchers studied data from 76,373 participants and found that people with eye issues were 137% more likely to have some form of cognitive impairment…

…And 44% more likely to have dementia specifically.

Anyone who knows someone with dementia can tell you how tragic it is.

The peculiar thing about dementia is that it often starts in subtle ways.

Early onset dementia can look like forgetting ingredients to one of your go-to recipes, taking wrong turns on the road more often, or missing birthdays of important people in your life.

Most people have no idea it could be something serious and tend to laugh it off.

If you notice any form of cognitive decline in yourself or loved ones, I highly recommend seeing a doctor. You never know.

They’ll look into your brain with an MRI and immediately identify if something isn’t right.

It could be nothing to worry about, but at least you’ll have peace of mind.

Just as importantly, if you notice anything strange with your eyesight, get your eyes checked as soon as possible.

Prevention is always better than the cure, so never leave things to chance when it comes to your body.

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