Eye Scanning for Alzheimer’s

Insight Oct 2017

Eye Scan Could Detect Alzheimer’s Decades Earlier

A non-invasive eye scan could allow doctors to detect the key signs of Alzheimer’s disease decades earlier than currently possible.

The high-definition eye scanner, which was developed especially for the research, showed patients with the disease had more than twice as much of a telltale brain protein in their retinas as non-sufferers. The breakthrough will hopefully offer people a window for early treatment, when drugs and lifestyle changes are more likely to work, as researchers believe the build up of these proteins begins years before symptoms develop.

According to the researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who made the breakthrough, one of the major advantages of analysing the retina is repeatability, as it allowed them to monitor patients and the progression of their disease.