Turns out, your eyes aren’t just the window to your soul. New research has revealed they could be windows to your BRAIN, too.
The exciting new study was conducted at the Washington University School of Medicine. And it may have uncovered a safe, easy, and inexpensive way to spot the potential for Alzheimer’s disease LONG before your first symptoms.
And you could use these early warning signs to take steps to turn things around BEFORE it’s too late.
You see, before now mainstream medicine has been at a dead end when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease.
Without any good options for predicting who would GET the disease… or even a good way to diagnose it until it had really taken hold… everyone was in the dark. Often until it was too late.
But now there may be another way. Because instead of ineffective tests which only confirm the presence of Alzheimer’s once it’s already stealing your memory, your doctor could use your eyes like a crystal ball to predict your future.
A simple eye exam could give you the early warning signs you need to start treatment early. Which experts agree is an ESSENTIAL step to slowing the progression of the disease.
Put your peepers to work against Alzheimer’s
Here’s how it works…
At the back of your eye is an area which doesn’t have blood vessels in it. We can see it using a machine that’s similar to the one you’ve probably already encountered at the eye doctor.
The Washington University researchers examined this section of the eye in volunteers in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease. And they spotted something which could change everything.
In folks with early Alzheimer’s that blood-vessel-free area in the back of eye was significantly bigger than in healthy people. In other words, a much larger area of the eye wasn’t getting blood flow in the folks with the disease. And that is a red flag for reduced blood flow to the brain as well.
The researchers say making it routine to look for this enlarged area could help us diagnose folks with a higher risk of dementia far earlier.
But that’s not the only clue our eyes can reveal. A second kind of eye exam could uncover other early warning signs. A thinning retina and deteriorating optic nerves have both been associated with the development of Alzheimer’s too.
Combined these two safe, noninvasive tests could FINALLY take the guesswork out of Alzheimer’s disease. So if you, or someone you care about, is over 65 ask your doctor about these tests at your next appointment.
OTHER early warning signs for Alzheimer’s
In the meantime, there are several other early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease you should be on the lookout for.
If you spot any of them, give your doc a call for an earlier appointment. Because the sooner you start treatment the better.
1. Strength and balance changes:
A University of Washington study measured volunteers’ hand grip, standing balance, and the amount of time it took to sit and stand up five times in a row. It turned out folks who had a weaker grip or poor balance were significantly more likely to develop dementia later.
If you find aren’t as steady on your feet, or if your sweetie doesn’t have the hand grip she used to, don’t chalk it up to getting older. Check in with your doctor to rule them out as being early warning signs of Alzheimer’s.
We all have our favorite go-to stories and tall tales. You know the ones you share at every get together
But if you find a loved one is starting to repeat himself in the SAME conversation, it could be more than just merely forgetfulness. Those repeated thoughts could be early warning signs for dementia.
3. Inability to backtrack:
We’ve ALL done it before. Misplaced our keys, or forget where we parked. And don’t worry, it doesn’t’ mean you’re losing your memory.
As long as you can retrace your steps and figure out where the keys are or where you left the car you’re likely fine. But if you find someone you love can’t backtrack or remains confused, it could be more than just a senior moment.
Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to putting the brakes on Alzheimer’s disease. Let your eyes, and these other red flags, serve as early warning signs to help make that happen.