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Simple eye exam could detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say

February 27, 2020

From the USA Today website

A comparatively simple eye exam that could detect Alzheimer’s disease many years before severe clinical symptoms appear is about to undergo a clinical trial sponsored by the University of Rhode Island, Butler Hospital in Providence, and BayCare Health System, a system of 15 hospitals and other centers in central Florida.

The so-called retinal screening tests someday could be administered by optometrists and ophthalmologists – at considerably less cost than today’s PET scans, which can detect the buildup of amyloid plaque in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear. Such scans cost thousands of dollars and are not typically covered by most insurance plans.

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