What Your Eye Health Says About Your General Health

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they’re also windows into other health issues in your body.

eye care healthAt Mountain View Medical Center, it’s not uncommon for us to detect certain irregularities in the eyes and alert the patient to the possibility of an existing health issue like hypertension, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. In some cases, an eye examination may be done to confirm an initial diagnosis.

Below are several examples of how the eyes can help healthcare professionals figure out the presence of a certain disease or health condition:

Red spots in the eye
This could be a sign of many things. It could signify the formation of blood clots in the blood vessels, an indicator of an increased risk of stroke. In some cases, the red spots may be a result of thickened or narrowed blood vessels, which translates to hypertension (high blood pressure). Diabetes is another possibility when a blood vessel in the eye is blocked or hemorrhaging.

Blurred vision
This symptom may be associated with diabetes and high blood pressure. In diabetes, blurred vision is a result of excess glucose levels that have reached the lens, making it difficult to focus. Intermittent blurring is also linked to early onset of multiple sclerosis.

Dry eyes
Individuals suffering from persistent dry eyes may also be suffering from an autoimmune disorder, deficiency of certain nutrient/s, or spending too much time in front of digital screens. Dry eyes may also be an adverse reaction to certain medications such as sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs.

Let us help you figure out if your eyes are trying to tell you something about your general health! Call (907) 328-2920 to schedule an appointment today!

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