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Retinal Changes Offer Clues about Brain Pathology of Schizophrenia

Tracking vision fluctuations may help doctors adjust schizophrenia treatment for each patient

Tracking changes in the eye’s retina may help doctors provide more effective treatment for people with schizophrenia, according to researchers at Rutgers University and Mount Sinai’s New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

A link between vision problems and schizophrenia is well established, with as many as 62 percent of adult patients with schizophrenia experiencing visual distortions involving form, motion or color. Researchers reported on and summarized multiple, replicated indicators of eye abnormalities in schizophrenia in a literature review published online in the journal Schizophrenia Research: Cognition.

hey described a widening of small blood vessels in the eyes of schizophrenia patients, and in young people at high risk for the disorder, perhaps caused by chronic low oxygen supply to the brain – which they said could explain vision changes and signal disease risk and progression. They also found a thinning of the retinal nerve fiber layer, known to be related to the onset of hallucinations and visual acuity problems in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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