COMMON EYE TEST MAY HELP DIAGNOSE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

New studies presented at the Alzheimers Association International Conference (2014) suggests that a common eye test may help aid the diagnosis of Alzheimers.

Researchers were successfully able to identify Alzheimers patients by using Digital Retinal Photography and a special liquid form of curcumin.  Curcumin is a natural substance that turns curry yellow.  It also binds to a specific proteins called beta amyloids that are visible by this test.

Because the retina is a neuro-sensory tissue it contains the same beta amyloids that are found in the brain making possible that one day, an Eye Columbus Eye Doctor may be the first to diagnose Alzheimer's disease in a patient.

Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, this research may lead to quicker diagnosis and early treatment and management options.

Learn more about Alzheimer's Disease and the Alzheimer's Association at Alz.org

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by Dr. Craig Miller | Eye Columbus