Your next exam could save your life


Your eyes, they can focus on 50 different objects every second. They can distinguish ten million different colors. But did you know they can reveal much more than that? In fact, that routine eye exam you avoided could save your life.

Your next eye exam might reveal a lot more than if you needed reading glasses or bifocals.

“By looking at the small blood vessels in the eye, you can get a clue about the presence of disease in other parts of the body,” said Dr. Anthony DeMaria.

Ophthalmologists may be able to detect illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and liver disease through your eyes. Diabetes can cause blurry vision, while a yellow tint in the whites of the eyes can be a sign of liver disease and severe high blood pressure.

“Sometimes you can have a hemorrhage in your retina,” DeMaria said.

High cholesterol can cause a yellow or blue ring around the cornea; floaters can be a sign of Lyme disease. Double vision is associated with multiple sclerosis, and dry eye can be linked to lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Cancer can even be detected through the eyes.

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So, before you skip your next eye exam, remember that you can not only save your eyesight, but your life as well.

Did you know that high blood pressure can also be detected in your eyes? Which in turn can cause glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.

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