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Glaucoma and Alzheimer's Disease: What is the connection?

Glaucoma and Alzheimer's Disease: What is the connection? At first glance it may seem that the above-mentioned diseases have nothing in common. The opposite is true. Scientists believe that the look in the eye, or rather the retina, we can determine whether the patient suffers from glaucoma and Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's disease is a disease of the brain , in which there is a progressive dementia. There can be understood as the loss of all brain functions, not just the mind, but also the processes of cognition and learning. At the age of 65 suffer from this disease approximately every twentieth person.

Swift action is needed

The Czech Republic is affected by more than one hundred thousand inhabitants, and the number of patients will skyrocket. Contemporary medicine can not cure the disease, unfortunately, only slows its progression. Since the disease characterized by the permanent loss of nervous tissue of the brain, it is important to come to them in the early stages. It is not always easy, however, scientists have planted a seed of hope. Not only glaucoma and Alzheimer's disease probably linked together, but to diagnose brain disorders will be possible just by eye examination.

One look into the eyes

Researchers Indeed in mice with Alzheimer's disease found significant loss of retinal cells. Doctors believe that a similar process may be an indicator of disease of the nervous tissue in humans.
The retina is in direct contact with brain tissue from which the course of human evolution has created. Gives makes sense that the negative processes in the brain will also reflect changes in the retina.
Glaucoma is the same as Alzheimer's disease characterized by loss of nerve cells. Loss of sight damage to the optic nerve so strikingly reminiscent of similar processes in the brain.
In the future, we might make the relationship between glaucoma and Alzheimer's disease. It would also become caught in the very beginning with a glance to the human eye. The examination would be enough, for example, optical coherence tomography, which measures the thickness of the retina, revealing a loss of nerve cells.

It seems that the human body are all related in some way. No wonder that many scientists past and present said the human body as the most perfect machine on earth. Doctors are now on track to elucidate another piece of complex relationships, this time between glaucoma and Alzheimer's disease.


Source: Green zákal.cz



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