Researchers at Dundee University are to lead a £1.1m study into whether eye tests can reveal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. A team from the university’s school of computing will carry out the three-year study with colleagues in Edinburgh.

Evidence suggests changes to veins and arteries in the eye could be linked to diseases including stroke and cardiovascular disease. The team will study if this could act as an “early warning” of Alzheimer’s.

The new study uses specially-developed computer software to analyze high-definition images of the eye from multiple instruments to establish whether such changes in the eye could act as an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.

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