Eye Movements Detect Alzheimer’s Disease

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Eye Movements Detect Alzheimer’s Disease

Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease pose a huge challenge to both the healthcare system and caregivers. A real key to helping all involved in their care is early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s so that resources can be offered.

Research on Eye Movements & Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease
According to researchers reporting in Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science a subtle change in eye movements may provide a useful diagnostic tool for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease. In general, eye movements follow a reproducible pattern during normal reading. Each eye movement ends up in a fixation point, which allows the brain to process the incoming information and to program the following movements. The researchers found that Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) produces eye movement abnormalities and disturbances in reading with those patients with early AD displaying abnormal fixation patterns. So we now know that evaluation of eye movement behavior during reading might provide a useful tool for a more precise early diagnosis of AD and for monitoring the progress or stability of Alzheimer Disease.

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