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College research raises awareness of dementia that has early visual symptoms

The College of Optometrists has completed research on the experiences of vision assessment for people living with a form of dementia that impacts vision.

The research, published in the BMJ Open focused on posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) which can result in unusual visual phenomena, such as finding it easier to read smaller fonts than larger ones, as well as visuospatial and perception problems.

These can result in misdiagnosis unless health professionals know about, and test for, the condition specifically.