Regular eye tests 'could detect early-stage 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.

Further work could see such tests used as a first step in identifying individuals with Alzheimer's. Credit: PA

Both methods were able to distinguish between probable Alzheimer's patients and healthy volunteers with a high level of accuracy.

Although the research is still at an early stage, further work could see such tests used as a first step in identifying individuals with Alzheimer's. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's is essential to developing effective treatments that do more than alleviate the condition's symptoms.

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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.