Are blurred vision and headaches common with Alzheimer's?

Julies asked...

My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's and is at the stage of being argumentive and saying things that aren't true. Now she is complaining of blurred vision and headaches. Are they a part of Alzheimer's too or something else?

Expert Answer

Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

Blurred vision and headaches are not common symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. It is important to have vision of your mother-in-law examined by an ophtalmologist to eliminate the possibility that her blurred vision is due to conditions such as glaucoma or cataract. Vision problem may cause headaches, although headaches could be also due to many other condition.