Novel eye test may help diagnose autism.

A new eye test, which consists of measuring rapid eye movements may help identify people with autism spectrum disorders say scientists.

The test helps to indicate deficits in cerebellum, an area of the brain that plays an important role in emotional and social development, according to researchers.

The eye movements serve as a window into the part of the brain that plays a role in a number of neurological development disorders such as autism, studies in the university of Rochester medical center in the US,indicate.

The rapid eye movements we make when we shift our attention from one object to another ,known as saccades are essential to navigating, understanding and interacting with the world around us.

In healthy individuals these saccades are rapid, precise and accurate  ,redirecting the line of sight from one point of interest to another.

There is growing evidence that the structure of the cerebellum is altered in a sub-population of individuals with autism.

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