Monday, June 8, 2015

Eye Movements Help Alzheimer’s Disease Detection

Early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease allows physicians, family, friends and caregivers to prepare and provide the support necessary to loved one’s who suffer this disease. It now appears that subtle changes in eye movement patterns may be helpful in detecting Alzheimer’s Disease.

Research on Eye Movements & Alzheimer’s Disease
According to researchers reporting in Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science generally, eye movements follow a reproducible pattern during normal reading. Each eye movement typically ends up at a fixation point, which allows the brain to process the incoming information and to program the following movements. The researchers found that in those patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) there are unusual eye movement patterns when reading such that the fixation patterns and endpoints are disturbed. They concluded 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’s Disease.

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