stroke, some people have problems seeing to one side.
For example, people with left-sided paralysis may have difficulty seeing to the
left. If the problem is due to a loss of vision, most people learn to adjust by
turning their head toward their affected side. If you don't turn your head to
the affected side, you may forget or ignore that side of your body.
Some people have trouble recognizing body parts on the affected side.
This is especially true for people who don't have feeling sensations in the
affected arm or leg.
Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia in older people. Because it has a lower profile than Alzheimer's, many people don't suspect vascular dementia when forgetfulness becomes problematic. It's also difficult to diagnose so it's difficult to know exactly how many people suffer from vascular dementia. Current estimates attribute 15% to 20% of dementia cases in older adults to vascular dementia.
Determining the root cause can help determine the best action plan. If it's vascular...
You may recognize objects on the unaffected side
of your body, but not on the affected side. Some people may see objects and not
be able to attach a meaning to them. For example, you may examine a fork
curiously without remembering how to use it for eating.
look closer or farther away than they really are. You may notice this more when
you are eating or dressing, or you may bump into furniture.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
January 7, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 07, 2011
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