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Surprising Health Problems That Can First Be Detected In Your Eyes

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It is amazing how much you can learn about someone in just a few seconds.

A facial expression quickly lets you know if a person is happy or sad, bored or EXCITED, stressed or carefree. Your first impression may suggest if this person is friendly and likeable, or something on the contrary.

You have heard the saying, “Eyes are the window to the soul”. It sounds cliché, but it has some truth to it.

Not only can you get a sense of another’s feelings just by looking at them, but looking into their eyes with a microscope provides important information about his or her overall health.

National Geographic’s “Eyes: The Windows To Your Health” shows there is more beyond what meets the eye.

Warning signs of certain conditions may be visible in the eyes before other parts of the body.

Changes in blood vessels or arteries in the back of the eye may indicate hypertension, or high blood pressure. There may be leakages or hemorrhaging in the blood vessels, a narrowing or change of color of the arteries in the retina, or even microscopic spots of blood on the sclera (the white part of the eye).

Signs of diabetes can also be detected. Chronic high blood sugar levels damage tiny retinal blood vessels, which can cause these vessels to leak a yellowish fluid or blood. This may be a sign of diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness among working individuals in North America.

Other health problems that can be detected in your eye include:                                                                       

1) Autoimmune disorders

2) High cholesterol

3) Nutritional deficiencies

4) Thyroid disease

5) Certain cancers or tumors

Many eye conditions develop without immediate or noticeable symptoms, so early detection is key to prevent possible damage to your sight.

Dr. Ashcraft uses various tools during your annual eye exam to check for these warning signs, including digital retinal photography. This camera takes a detailed photo of your retina and is available within seconds, giving you the opportunity to see what Dr. Ashcraft sees in your eye. Taking these photos annually helps Dr. Ashcraft monitor any changes in your eye health.

At Family Eyecare Center, we want to make sure your eyes are as healthy as can be. To schedule your annual eye exam and retinal photos, give us a call at 310-670-4411.

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