The possible early detection of Alzheimer’s disease with a simple eye test is being met with skepticism by one local geriatric doctor. A study published recently in the journal Ophthalmology Retina says a trip to the eye doctor may someday reveal Alzheimer’s disease before any symptoms even show up. Dr. Ronald Kodras from Door County Medical Center says it is too early to tell based on the size of the study.
One in ten adults in the U.S. over the age of 65 reportedly has Alzheimer’s dementia. Two-thirds of those affected are women, according to the Alzheimer’s Association website. Dr. Kodras says a new blood test for certain proteins that, if positively found in the brain, would show the building up beta-amyloid plaques and lead to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. He is optimistic that effective treatment and a cure for Alzheimer’s that will stop the disease can be found in the future.