A cross-sectional study was recently conducted to better understand the relationship between stroke and ocular disease. Significant associations between visual impairment and major ocular disease with stroke were observed in this national study population. The study included 4,570 participants in the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. With an odds ratio of 5.54, ocular disease was associated with stroke, most notably in the form of cataract (30.8 percent prevalence among stroke patients vs. 13.4 percent without), AMD (19.6 percent vs. 7.2 percent) and diabetic retinopathy. Following adjustments for age and gender, an odds ratio of 9.61 was observed among stroke patients with diabetic retinopathy. Read More