Using the Eyes to Detect Diseases

eye-detect-200The eyes are not just the mirrors of our souls – they also reflect many of our diseases. Because they are the only place in the body where you can easily see blood vessels and even part of the brain via the optic nerve, they can be used to detect a number of diseases.

A large study of 120,000 people by the insurance company, VSP Vision Care, found that 34% of diabetes patients first found out about their disease from an eye exam. High blood pressure was also first detected this way in 39% of cases and high cholesterol in 62% of cases.

Red spots were a sign of diabetes in some cases. Blurry vision sometimes indicated high blood pressure that required urgent attention. White rings around the eyes or yellowish bumps on the eyelids were signs of high cholesterol. Of course all of these symptoms can be signs of other conditions, but eye doctors (ophthalmologists) and optometrists are trained to help identify the real cause and make recommendations for further examinations.

The symptoms of over 30 conditions can appear in the eyes, so regular eye examinations are highly recommended. The need for regular eye exams becomes even more important if you are over 40 years of age.

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Using the Eyes to Detect Diseases
Recent studies show that many diseases can be detected from a simple eye exam including diabetes and high blood pressure.
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Marc Grossman, Doctor of Optometry and New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, is a holistic eye doctor and co-author of a number of books on natural vision care. Since 1980 Dr. Grossman has been helped many people maintain healthy vision and even improve eyesight. He is dedicated to providing information to those with conditions ranging from myopia and dry eyes to potentially vision threatening diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. His combined multi-disciplinary approach using nutrition, eye exercises, lifestyle changes and Chinese Medicine provides him with a wide array of tools and approaches with which to tackle difficult eye problems.