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Eye on Schizophrenia

Retinal imaging could become a useful tool in schizophrenia research, according to findings from a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]

The study found people with schizophrenia had significantly wider retinal venular calibres than those without the condition. Wider venules are thought to reflect damage to the patient’s microvasculature, and may indicate problems with oxygen supply to the brain.

Researchers from the Duke University in America studied retinal photographs from 922 schizophrenic and non-schizophrenic participants.

The findings were consistent with a growing body of evidence for the connection between microvascular issues and schizophrenia.

“The non-invasive nature of retinal imaging, its relative cost-effectiveness, and the availability of the technology in primary care, optometry and ophthalmology centres all suggest the value of retinal imaging analysis as an exciting tool for schizophrenia research,” said research team leader Terrie Moffitt.