A non-invasive eye scan may be able to detect Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms occur. Neuroscience investigators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California were able to detect toxic proteins in the retina – located in the back of the eye – which are indicative of Alzheimer’s. Cedars-Sinai called the finding “a major advancement” in identifying the disease much earlier. Because the eye scan can be easily repeated, patients can be monitored as the disease progresses. According to Ken Black, a co-leader of the study, “Our hope is that eventually the investigational eye scan will be used as a screening device to detect the disease early enough to intervene and change the course of the disorder with medications and lifestyle changes.”
This is encouraging news on the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. As more and more families are impacted by Alzheimer’s, let’s hope that early detection can lead to advances in the progression of the disease.