Eye Movements Help Diagnose Early Alzheimer Disease

Monday, October 19, 2015

Eye Movements Help Diagnose Early Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease represents a real healthcare challenge in the United States. In particular, the ability to make an early diagnose of Alzheimer’s Disease is important to effectively implement treatment and support as well as deal with the longer term outcome. 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. In general, eye movements follow a reproducible pattern during normal reading. Each eye movement ends up in a fixation point, which allows the brain to process the incoming information and to program the following movements. The researchers found that Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) produces eye movement abnormalities and disturbances in reading with those patients with early AD displaying 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 Disease.

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