Could ophthalmology help predict Alzheimer's?

Oct 28, 2009

Reports presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) conference suggest that doctors may be able to assist in predicting Alzheimer's disease.

Reports presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) conference suggest that doctors may be able to assist in predicting Alzheimer’s disease.

Neuro-ophthalmologists Pierre-Francois Kaeser, MD, and Francois-Xavier Borruat, MD, Jules Gonin Eye Hospital, Switzerland, examined and followed 10 patients with unexplained vision loss who were ultimately diagnosed with the visual variant of Alzheimer's disease (VVAD). Their study describes clinical clues that may improve ophthalmologists' ability to detect VVAD and refer patients for further tests. When patients receive neurological assessment, treatment and family counseling early in the disease, outcomes may be better for all concerned. Read more

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