Quick retinal scan may spot Alzheimer’s years before usual diagnosis

An eye scan of the retina may indicate early signs of Alzheimer’s disease years before clinical symptoms arise, according to research presented May 5, 2016 at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), in Seattle, WA.

Because the retina is an extension of the central nervous system, recent research has focused on identifying neurological diseases, like Alzheimer’s, in the eye. In this small proof-of-concept study, researchers correlated amyloid beta plaques in the neocortex of the brain with amyloid beta “inclusion bodies” in the retinas of subjects with pre-clinical Alzheimer’s.

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