Eye Movements & Early Alzheimer Disease

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Monday, September 14, 2015

Eye Movements & Early Alzheimer’s Disease

The NIH National Institute on Aging, estimates that more than 5 million people may have Alzheimer Disease. Developing better methods of intervention to detect, diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s Disease is an important national healthcare priority.

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’s 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’s Disease.

 If you or someone you know is concerned about Alzheimer’s Disease you are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Google+ or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

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