Eye Test has potential for Early Diagnosis of Parkinson’s


A new technique developed by researchers in University College London (UCL), involves in depth examination of the eye which allows doctors to see individual nerve cell death in the back of the eye. Initially clinical trials were carried out on glaucoma patients, but nerve cell death is also associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, and so the hope is through the technique, earlier detection of Parkinson’s symptoms will become common.

The technique is called DARC, or the Detection of Apoptosing Retinal Cells. It uses a fluorescent marker that attaches to cell proteins when injected into patients, and this allows more visibility and clearer detection of the retinal nerve cell situation.

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