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New research suggests 'eye tests could detect Alzheimer's'

Regular eye tests could in future be used to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer's, new research suggests. Early trials of two different techniques show that a key Alzheimer's biomarker can be identified in the retina and lens of the eye.

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Eye tests an 'initial screen' for Alzheimer's detection

Regular eye tests could "complement" existing procedures as an initial screen in diagnosing Alzheimer's, the Australian science agency the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has said. Shaun Frost, who led one of the studies, added:

If further research shows that our initial findings are correct, it could potentially be delivered as part of an individual's regular eye check-up.

The high resolution level of our images could also allow accurate monitoring of individual retinal plaques as a possible method to follow progression and response to therapy.

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