Screening for Dementia at the Opticians? (BBC News / NHS Choices / JAMA Neurology)


A simple eye test, at high street opticians, for thinning of the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) could in future help predict which persons are at risk of developing dementia.

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Optician’s eye test ‘could spot early dementia signs’. London: BBC Health News, July 24th 2018.

Further details appear in the NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal:

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Could eye tests help screen for dementia? London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, July 25th 2018.

This relates to:

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Ko, F. Muthy, ZA. [and] Gallacher, J. [et al]; UK Biobank Eye & Vision Consortium (2018). Association of retinal nerve fiber layer thinning with current and future cognitive decline: a study using optical coherence tomography. JAMA Neurology. June 25th 2018. [Epub ahead of print].

A recent broad review:

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Colligris, P. Perez de Lara, MJ. [and] Colligris, B. [et al] (2018). Ocular manifestations of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases: the prospect of the eye as a tool for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. Journal of Ophthalmology. July 30th 2018; 2018: 8538573.

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