Health News: Eyes Provide a Look into MS Progression

New research published online in Neurology suggests that thinning of a retinal layer may show how fast multiple sclerosis (MS) is progressing in people with the disease. “This study suggests that retinal thinning, measured by in-office eye scans, called OCT, may occur at higher rates in people with earlier and more active MS,” said Robert Bermel, MD.

The study found that people with MS relapses had 42 percent faster thinning than people with MS who had no relapses. People whose level of disability worsened during the study experienced 37 percent more thinning than those who had no changes in their level of disability, and those who had the disease less than five years showed 43 percent faster thinning than those who had the disease more than five years.