Alzheimer’s is a disease that has affected millions of people worldwide, that’s why it’s amazing news that the condition can now be effectively teated via a simple eye test.
Specifically, scientists from Duke Eye Centre in North Carolina have discovered that there in fact tell-tale signs that someone has dementia when studying the retina and blood vessels within the person’s eyes. This is important as dementia is a group of symptoms that affects mental cognitive tasks such as memory and reasoning, something that is very often caused by Alzheimer’s.
The reason why this discovery is so important is because at the moment diagnosing Alzheimer’s is a complex process that either requires an expensive brain scan, a spinal tap or, most commonly, a behavioural assessment by a doctor based on symptoms, something that may not always be as accurate as needed.
At the moment the research is looking promising, however, we will need to wait and see if the test can be rolled out to the public completely.