Your eye exam may prove more and more useful in evaluating your risk of stroke. A new eye test called Ocular Pulse Amplitude (OPA) may help identify patients who are at high risk for stroke. Each year, approximately 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke and more than 137,000 of these people die as a result. Satish Modi, M.D. commented on eye exams and stoke. “A recent study about a new eye test for stroke risk from the University of Zurich published in Ophthalmology, showed that a test called Ocular Pulse Amplitude (OPA) can reliably detect carotid artery stenosis (CAS) or carotid artery narrowing, a condition that clogs or blocks the arteries that feed the front part of the brain which is a known risk factor for stroke. We would like to catch and treat CAS before that can happen, but because CAS has no symptoms and an efficient test is not currently available the disease often goes undetected I am hopeful that we will soon be able to perform this test as part of a routine eye exam,” said Dr. Modi.
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