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Subspecialties Retina, Basic & Translational Research

An Eye for Autism?

Autism diagnosis currently relies on an arsenal of behavioral and developmental tests – which can ultimately take years. After Paul Constable’s son, Miles, was diagnosed with autism, he started searching for a biomarker that could improve early detection and intervention methods for the disorder.

As an optometrist and senior lecturer at the Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University, he became fascinated with visual processing in autism. Given the neurodevelopmental parallels between the retina and the cortex, he reasoned there may be a marker for autism related to the sensory perception of light.

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