The eyes are the window to more than the soul, they are the only way adoctor can observe functioning blood vessels without probing or cutting open the body. This is why eye examinations can be important; they can alert doctors to problems that are beyond vision such as high blood sugar (diabetes) and high blood pressure (hypertension).
You might wonder why your eye doctor has a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope in their office. The answer is that a thorough eye exam often requires the doctor or technician to test blood pressure. With information on blood pressure, the eye doctor can look into the eye and use the blood pressure information and his observation of the appearance of the blood vessels in the back of the eye to determine if there is a health problem that requires referral to an internist, cardiologist or endocrinologist.
Eye exams can and frequently do enable early diagnosis of undiagnosed medical conditions so be sure to set up an annual eye examination.
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