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Wellness news: Learn how an eye exam can detect signs of underlying health issues

Mar 3, 2020

They say the eyes are the window to your soul, but did you know they can also show how healthy your heart is? Signs of diseases and conditions that affect the heart and eyes, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be detected through an eye exam. If left untreated, these conditions can cause eye diseases that result in serious vision issues or complete loss of sight.

The arrangement of blood vessels at the back of the eye is closely connected to the health of your heart. Many patients don’t realize that cardiovascular and eye diseases share the same underlying causes, as well as the same treatment. A root symptom of many of these diseases is inflammation, which your eye doctor can identify through an annual comprehensive eye exam.

Blurry vision, not being able to see out of one eye or other visual disturbances may be indications of a deeper heart-related issue. The lens you’re seeing the world through can determine the status of your overall health. When early signs of diseases such as stroke, bacterial endocarditis and diabetes can be identified through regular eye exams, there is no reason to forego them.

The next time you’re due for an annual eye exam with your VSP network doctor, remember how crucial it is in taking care of your overall health. Your body will thank you later.

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