“Signs of cognitive impairment can be difficult to link to the early development of Alzheimer’s disease and its associated symptoms of dementia, but a new study points toward the use of eye tracking tests as a way to assess future risk.

Dementia diagnoses are often preceded by a condition known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), where subtle signs of memory loss or flawed thinking have only a minor impact on day-to-day life.

In the presence of secondary conditions such as diabetes, depression and metabolic syndrome, as many 46% of MCI patients will go on to develop dementia within a few years, according to a recent study published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.”

 

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