Eye Movements in Dementia

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Many researchers are finding that by the time a patient seeks treatment for symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, it's often too late for the available drugs to have an effect. Dr. Adam Boxer's lab is studying very precise eye tracking methods to gauge mental fitness and identify cognitive decline decades before the first symptoms appear.



  • Inclusion criteria: None
  • Exclusion criteria: Subjects are ineligible for portions of our study if they have had cataract surgery in the right eye.

What is involved?

  • Testing: Subjects view visual stimuli presented on a television monitor while their eye movements are recorded using safe, infrared technology. At times, we may ask questions about some of the pictures shown, and these answers may be recorded.
  • Frequency of visits: One annual visit
  • Materials needed prior to evaluation: None
  • Costs: No costs will be charged for any of the study procedures. Parking will be validated for the 1625 Owens Street Garage or 1630 Third Street Garage at the UCSF Mission Bay campus for all study visits. There is no monetary compensation for participation.

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