Sneaky Parkinson’s: How Can Your Eyes Indicate The Onset Of The Disease Before The Main Symptoms?
February 7, 2019 14:57 By Fabiosa
With age, many people begin to fear that their lives will be clouded by the so-called senile diseases. Earlier we wrote about dementia and Alzheimer's, as well as the correlation between the latter and a habit of taking day naps in mature age. Even though there is no 100% reliable prevention, the development of these diseases can be delayed in case of early detection and competent medical care. The same goes for Parkinson's.
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This is a progressive nervous system disorder affecting coordination and movement. One of the first symptoms of the disease is the appearance of a barely noticeable tremor in one of the hands, gradually spreading to the other limbs.
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Early signs often go unnoticed. Besides tremors, they include:
- slowed movement (you start taking shorter steps, it gets difficult to change the body position);
- rigid muscles, accompanied by painful sensations when moving;
- reduced ability to maintain balance;
- slowed and slurred speech;
- loss of automatic movements (blinking, smiling, swinging your arms when walking, holding objects, etc.).
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Parkinson's disease is caused by the gradual death of nerve cells in the brain that results in impaired communication between its divisions. Medicinal therapy and quality care can slow down the development of this condition.
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Few people know that there is another early symptom of Parkinson's. It is impaired visual function, which manifests itself in:
- difficulty in moving and focusing the eyes;
- unexplained dryness of the cornea;
- the eyelids closing involuntarily;
- loss of visual acuity in the dark;
- a reduced ability to perceive colors;
- blurred and double vision.
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If you or one of your relatives has been diagnosed with Parkinson's, you should know that it isn’t a death sentence. It is better to focus on how to make life as comfortable as possible.
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Planning a day or a longer ahead will help you better manage your time and ensure the necessary amount of physical activities and recreation.
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You should also watch your nutrition: balance your diet, cut out sugar, salt, unhealthy fats, and high cholesterol foods. It is also recommended to drink plenty of water.
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People with Parkinson’s can lose their balance and fall. To avoid this, you can equip all rooms with handrails. It is advisable to abandon the use of heating and gas appliances. A phone with emergency services and those who can come to the rescue fast on speed dial should always easily accessible.
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No disease is pleasant, and Parkinson's is no exception. You don’t have to be alone in it – the problem can and should be discussed with relatives.
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