Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease that results in dementia, and diagnosable through pathological hallmarks including hyperphosphorylated tau and amyloid protein deposits.
The most popular methods for diagnosing Alzheimer’s includes various brain scans and spinal taps which can be quite thorough and expensive. However, in recent years, non-invasive retinal imaging has been found to determine early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
- In early research, it was found that individuals with Alzheimer’s had a loss of small retinal vessels and a thinner inner retinal layer; spurring advancements to screening tools to provide early diagnosis.
- Here at Golden Vision Optometry, we use Optomap’s newest function called Auto-fluorescent Imaging to see potential amyloid protein and beta tau deposits in the retina, which is essential brain tissue.
- We recommend every patient over 60 years of age get a screening.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s but with early diagnosis and treatment, the disease’s progression can be slowed to give families more time to plan for the future.
We are dedicated to seeing that every patient gets the best possible care and service they deserve.
For more information on Alzheimer’s screening, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (949) 552-4271.