Can an eye exam lead to early detection of Parkinson’s disease?

Written by Sharon Salt, Senior Editor

According to research that will be presented at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (29 November–5 December 2020), a simple eye exam combined with machine-learning technology could provide early detection of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Diagnosing PD is usually done based on symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness and impaired balance. “The issue with that method is that patients usually develop symptoms only after prolonged progression with significant injury to dopamine brain neurons,” commented lead study author, Maximillian Diaz (University of Florida, FL, USA). “This means that we are diagnosing patients late in the disease process.” Within their study,...

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