Eye scan can help predict how fast M.S patients could deteriorate

AN easy eye test can help measure how fast multiple sclerosis (M.S.) is progressing. Researchers performed scans on 164 M.S patients that measured the thickness of the lining at the back of the eye. They found that patients with thinning of the retina had both earlier and more active forms of the disease.

M.S. affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, causing problems with muscle movement, balance and vision. Many sufferers have periods where symptoms are mild, followed by flare-ups making monitoring of the disease difficult for doctors. It is hoped this new scan, called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) could be helpful in evaluating the progression of the condition.

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