A £1.1m three year study involving researchers from Dundee University and Edinburgh will investigate whether eye tests can aid non-invasive diagnosis by providing an “early warning” of Alzheimer’s Disease and other conditions. It is thought that changes in the eye could help predict the onset of dementia and possibly play a role in differential diagnosis.
Custom-developed computer software will be used to analyse high-definition images of the retina from multiple instruments. The team will also use existing software and cross-reference data with medical history information from Ninewells Hospital to explore possible patterns and relationships.
University’s £1m study of eyeball link to Alzheimer’s. Scotland: BBC Tayside and Central Scotland / BBC Health News, October 27th 2014.