11th Sep, 2014

Retinal Thinning and Dementia

A new study has found that retinal thinning is an early marker for frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Led by Dr. Li Gan at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, researchers determined that a loss of retinal cells was evident long before any cognitive signs of dementia in people carrying the genetic mutation for FTD. This discovery may allow for retinal thinning to be observed during clinical trials to determine the efficacy of FTD treatments.

The Window to the Brain

Researchers involved in this project grew fond of referring to the retina as the “window to the brain.” Indeed, comprising nearly 65 percent of the interior surface of the eye, the retina is responsible for converting light energy into signals that can be carried by the optic nerve into the brain. This is why conditions affecting the retina can have such a tremendous impact on your vision.

The eye doctors at California Retina Associates offer a number of advanced treatments for the correction of retinal disorders. If you are experiencing sudden changes in vision or have been diagnosed with a retinal disorder, we would be honored to meet with you for a comprehensive evaluation, and to help you determine what treatments will best restore and protect your vision.

To schedule an examination with one of our experienced eye surgeons, please contact California Retina Associates today. We maintain offices in Chula Vista and El Centro for optimal patient convenience.

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