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Blood Vessels in the Eye May Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease

New research suggests that an eye exam may be needed to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. Using an advanced machine learning algorithm and fundus images that represent small blood vessels and the back of the eye, the researchers are able to classify patients with Parkinson’s disease compared to controls. A simple eye exam can provide a way to diagnose Parkinson’s disease at the onset of disease progression. Diaz said the test could be part of a patient’s annual physical exam to look not only for Parkinson’s disease but also for other neurological conditions.

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