Mad Cow disease, also called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, is back in the news. The initial symptoms of this disease in humans include:
- Personality changes
- Memory loss
- Impaired thinking
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sudden jerky movements
For an optometrist, this is an opportunity to highlight a fact hat most people probably do not consider. Their blurry vision may be the product of a problem in the brain such as a tumor or some rare disease like mad cow.
People that respond to blurry vision by simply buying some off-the-shelf reading glasses without going to the eye doctor first don't really know if their blurry vision is just a refractive error easily corrected with glasses or something more serious and life threatening. Remember our slogan: See an eye doctor, see for life. Its good advice.
Here is our favorite news anchor, Dianne Sawyer on ABC News, presenting the mad cow story: