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URMC researchers studying eye test to help diagnose autism

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) are working on an eye test to help diagnose autism. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) are working on an eye test to help diagnose autism.

The test measures rapid eye movements, which can identify issues in an area of the brain that plays a big role in emotional and social development.

For now, the test is being used on children ages 10-16 who are on the autism spectrum.

Researchers hope the test will eventually be used as a tool for early detection.

"Early detection is a key goal of all of folks working in neurodevelopmental disorders," said Dr. John Foxe, director of the URMC DelMonte Neuroscience Institute. "The sooner you know that a child is on the autism spectrum or has dyslexia or pick your neurodevelopmental disorder, the sooner you know, the quicker you can do something about it."

Experts say more research still needs to be done.

Autism affects approximately one in 68 children in the U.S.

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