Eye examinations help with Alzheimer's diagnosis
Eye surgeons are often caught up in the details of performing advanced technique cataract surgery in Detroit. But it has often been said that "The eyes are the windows to the soul". As an eye doctor, I have increasingly realized that the eyes are the window to the overall health of the body. Diagnosis and treatment of such 'full body' conditions like Diabetes and High Blood pressure are great examples.
A recent report indicates that a simple measurement in the eye is probably highly predictive for the development of Alzheimer's Disease! Yet another reminder of how important the eyes are in the overall health of the body. The small study indicates that measurement of the diameter of the blood vessels on the retina in the back of the eye may indicate high risk for Alzheimer's.
What will we do with this information? For now, further research is needed to determine the usefullness of these findings. Eventually, it may allow earlier treatment to prevent progression, or decrease the severity of the disease.
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