Look me in the eyes, little one, and I’ll tell you when you’re going to die. A vision of the future of preventive medical examination could look something like this or similar. Because the eyes are probably not the only door to the soul. They can also provide information about when we will die using a retinal scan, according to the study.
The screening tool is designed to help determine how likely people are to die.
What the eye reveals about our lifespan
Our life expectancy has increased significantly due to medical advances and a general increase in the quality of life. But one thing is certain: death. No one can predict with certainty whether it will overtake us tomorrow or in 30 years. Modern science wants to answer this question as well, and it sees the solution in a deep look into our eyes.
To do this, a research team led by Zhuoting Zhu of the Eye Research Center in Australia taught the machine to use an eye scan. identify “quick ages”., i.e. those people who have an increased risk of rapid death. You have your results British Journal of Ophthalmology published, and as it turns out, the algorithm used to do this seems to determine the result very accurately.
The retina provides important information about our health
For this study, the retinas of 47,000 subjects were scanned and their “true” biological age determined. The accuracy of the algorithm was 3.5 years. Ten years after the start of the study, 1,871 participating patients died. AND The algorithm actually guessed the age of the deceased correctly. The retina would be vulnerable to “the cumulative damage of aging that increases the risk of death.” The researchers suggest that “the age-related difference in the retina could be a potential biomarker of aging that is closely related to the risk of death,” reports Zhuoting Zhu. For example, if the algorithm determines that a person’s retina is a year older than their actual age, the risk of dying over the next 11 years increases by 2 percent. At the same time, their risk of dying from causes other than cardiovascular disease or cancer increases by three percent.
Although the results are purely observational, the research team believes the study is sufficient evidence that the retina is a “window to neurological disease.” So there is more and more evidence that points to close connection between the brain and the eyes Clues. Blood vessels and nerves are stored on the retina, so it can provide important information about a person’s health. Heart or vascular disease can also be recognized more quickly and treated accordingly. In the future, a retinal scan using a screening device could be used for preventive measures in high-risk patients.