Leading South Carolina refractive eye surgery practice says eye health can show markers for Alzheimer’s disease.
Columbia, SC, September 4, 2014 - and refractive surgery specialists in South Carolina, shares available research reported by the Alzheimer’s Association that connects the onset of Alzheimer’s disease with changes in the eye. The challenge of diagnosing Alzheimer’s often results in the disease being diagnosed in the late stages. Being able to detect the disease in its earlier stages through routine eye examinations, says The Eye Center’s director, allows for earlier and potentially more effective treatment.
“We are wholly dedicated to providing superior care for our patients,” says Dr. Bryan. “And that means staying on the cutting-edge of research developments in the field of eye care. In this way, we’re able to provide our patients new and better ways of staying healthy and in control of their future.”
Alzheimer’s disease has a variety of markers in terms of changes in health. It has been shown that one of these markers is the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain. As a result, these abnormal proteins may also be found in the retina - the part of the eye that is connected to the central nervous system of the brain. While research in this area is in the beginning stages, researchers are enthusiastic that the correlation between the presence of beta-amyloid plaque in the retina and the existence of Alzheimer’s disease will allow for earlier, more affordable, more effective testing.
“There is a lot of excitement in the world of ophthalmology where we continue to monitor the developments between eye health and the development of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Dr. Bryan. “This correlation could mean a fundamental change in the way we test for earlier onset Alzheimer’s; a change that can mean earlier treatment and the opportunity to transform someone’s quality of life.”
About The Eye Center
The Eye Center is one of the pioneers in eye health, providing comprehensive eye care to patients in South Carolina. Their team of board-certified physicians provides everything from routine eye care and diabetic eye exams to glaucoma care, LASIK, corneal transplants, cataract surgery, an in-house dry eye clinic, and more.
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