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U of M Researchers Find New Way to Detect Alzheimer's Using Eye Exam

Photo: Photo: University of Minnesota Center for Drug Design

June 23, 2016 11:07 AM

Researchers with the University of Minnesota say they have found a non-invasive way to detect Alzheimer’s disease using a simple eye exam.

The researchers say the new technology can detect retinal changes linked to early Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers used a camera to non-invasively study the retina and say they were able to visualize clear patterns of changes that could suggest the disease will develop.

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Dr. Robert Vince, who is the director of the U of M Center for Drug Design, said the current method requires doctors to wait until plaque has formed to identify Alzheimer’s disease. This new method can detect it even earlier.

The researchers have tried the technology on animals and say they are now ready to try it on humans. The human trials are expected to start in July.

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Jennie Lissarrague

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