Monday, May 4, 2015

Eye Movements May Predict Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is an difficult challenge for patients, caregivers, and physicians. But, we do know that the earlier the detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s the better everyone is able to plan and deliver the compassionate and quality care our loved ones deserve. Now, according to researchers reporting in Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Science a subtle change in eye movements may provide a useful diagnostic tool for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease.

About Eye Movements
In general, eye movements follow a predictable and reproducible pattern during normal reading, with each eye movement ending up at a fixation point, which allows the brain to process the incoming information and to program the next movements. The researchers found that Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) produces eye movement abnormalities and disturbances in reading with those patients with early AD display abnormal fixation patterns. So we now know 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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