14 Things Your Eyes Say About Your Health – MSN Healthy Living – Vision

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14 Things Your Eyes Say About Your Health

Learn how bad eyesight and common eyesight problems may indicate larger health issues.

By Paula Spencer, Caring.com

Looking someone straight in the eye may or may not reveal their honesty—but the eyes can tell you about cholesterol, liver disease or diabetes, if you know what to look for.

“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…

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