Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What You Can See IN Your Eyes

While browsing through the web today at lunch, I found an amazing article about the eye.
You've heard the eyes are the windows to the soul, but did you know they can also be the window to your health?

 MSN's article 14 Things Your Eyes Say About Your Health covers everything from bumpy yellowish patches on the eyelid to thinning brows.
Here's an excerpt from the article:

"The eye is a unique window into health" says ophthalmologist Andrew Iwach, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and executive director of the Glaucoma Center of San Francisco.

"It's the only place in the body where, without surgery, we can look in and see veins, arteries and a nerve [the optic nerve]."

The eyes' transparency explains why common eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration can be detected early with regular eye exams.

"Unfortunately, people get busy and delay not only eye exams but regular physicals. That's why eye doctors sometimes discover other issues, like diabetes or high blood pressure" Iwach says.
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