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Parkinson's diagnosis — the eyes have it

Doctors may soon be able to detect Parkinson’s disease with a simple eye scan, thanks to a new link between a thinning eye retina and Parkinson’s disease.

Now a new study has found that the thinning of the retina, the lining of nerve cells in the back of the eye, is linked to the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine — a substance that helps control movement.

Published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the study is the first to establish the Parkinson’s link between the retina and dopamine.

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