EYE HEALTHCARE – EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF ALZHEIMER’S ?
The British researchers have developed their technique which highlights nerve cell damage in the retina of the eye, which they have proved, correlates exactly to nerve cell damage in the brain. The test is quick, non invasive, inexpensive and simply involves applying eye drops to the eye and taking a photograph with an infra-red camera. The eye drops contain a dye which attaches to dying retinal nerve cells, making them easily visible on the photograph.
Although, still in its infancy (tested on mice only), patient trials will begin later this year, with the diagnostic equipment available at your Optician’s practice within 3-5 years. In the short term, an early diagnosis would give patients and their families much more time to prepare for the future, whilst in the longer term, allow new drugs that stop the disease in its tracks to reach their full potential.