Eye Exams Save Lives

Most people are surprised to learn that early signs of serious medical conditions affecting your body can be detected in the eyes. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, and even Alzheimer’s disease can be detected in the eye. That’s because the blood vessels and nerves in our eyes are reflective of the state of the rest of the body. A routine eye exam can do more than save your eyesight, it can also save your life.

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Take for example Barbara Krupar, a 65-year-old retiree from Ohio who went to her ophthalmologist after experiencing some disturbing changes in her vision. When Nicole Bajic, MD, examined her, she detected possible early warning signs of a stroke, and recommended Barbara go to the emergency room immediately to have her head and neck imaged. The ER physician determined that the carotid artery in her neck was 85 percent blocked. She was at imminent risk of suffering a stroke. The exam likely saved her life.

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11 responses to “Eye Exams Save Lives

  1. Wow! Thanks for the information, Tony!

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  2. Thank you. I haven’t gotten routine eye exams as my vision is fine. However, after reading this – and at my age (63), I am going to start.

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  3. That is incredibly valuable. Not only to me but, I’m sure, to all your readers, Tony!

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  4. I have been seeing an iridoligist at least once a year for the past 20 years. This has given me information on various health factors; the level of inflammation in my brain following my brain injury 8 years ago, the condition of my adrenal gland, how active my brain is when I sleep, and various other health factors. On one visit, she commented on stress in my hips. About a week before that visit I had been carrying some very heavy loads while collecting maple sap. A few times my GP asked me what diagnosis the iridoligist had given.

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  5. My first signs of MS were getting too much light in my eyes that led me to wanting to wear sunglasses indoors. I saw opticians who told me my eyes were fine and I probably had mental problems . Only when diagnosed by a neurologist I realised what my optician had missed.

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