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Ophthalmic diseases may increase likelihood of Alzheimer's

Older adults with age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy had 40% to 50% increased odds of developing Alzheimer's disease, compared with those who didn't have the eye conditions, according to a study in Alzheimer's & Dementia. However, the findings, based on data on nearly 4,000 patients older than 65, didn't show increased Alzheimer's risk among those with cataracts.

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