Optometrists are on the front line of promoting cognitive health. 

The American Optometry Association recently published an article that reports a strong association between vision impairment and cognitive decline. 

  • The study demonstrates the causal link between severe vision impairment and declines in cognitive function.  
  • Cognitive decline and vision impairment often co-occur but the relationship between the two may be a modifiable trait. 
  • Interventional strategies to postpone vision impairment may contribute to maintaining physical and cognitive function in old age. 

For Optometrists…  

  • Optometry can be a clear leader in driving early detection of cognitive decline and potentially slowing its progression by emphasizing the recommended use of best visual correction.
  • Cognivue allows Optometrists to deliver world-class patient care and service by developing and setting industry best practices with innovation and interprofessional collaboration. 
  • Cognitive screening aligns with visual performance to help eye care professionals differentiate their practices and reinforce prescription wear. 
  • It’s a logical extension to include cognitive decline screening as part of the overall testing protocol given its association with vision problems. 
  • Healthy vision leads to healthy aging! 



It’s an excellent tool in cognitive assessment! I use the results to reassure patients, to prompt further testing, and to follow patients longitudinally.

Dr. L. Algase, Partners in Internal Medicine


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