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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Why Your Eye Doctor Could Be the First One to Know You Have These 5 Diseases

It may not seem logical that you would find out from your eye doctor that you have cancer. But the truth is that when your eye doctor looks behind your eyes, he can see blood vessels and nerves that might show you have one of these 5 diseases -- even cancer.

What eye doctors can see

Here are some of the diseases eye doctors may find before anyone else.

#1 Cancer - bleeding in the retina can be a sign of leukemia, changes in field of vision can indicate a brain tumor, and even malignant melanoma can be in the back of the eye where your eye doctor sees it first.

#2 High blood pressure - damage to the vessels and narrowing of the arteries in the retina can indicate diabetes, according to information in the American Journal of Medicine.

#3 Diabetes - diabetic retinopathy, or bleeding in the retina, is often discovered by eye doctors before the patient even knows they have diabetes.

#4 Multiple sclerosis - early signs of multiple sclerosis (MS) includes inflammation of the optic nerve. It is the first symptom of MS in 25 percent of patients with MS.

#5 Rheumatoid arthritis - about 25 percent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) also have eye problems. This can include anything from dry eyes to inflammation of the iris.

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