- Small yellow patches around your eyes: These are cholesterol deposits called xanthelasmata, which suggest a serious risk of heart disease or a fatal heart attack. In 50% of cases, there are no other warning signs of heart problems.
- A white ring around your pupils: Called a corneal arcus, it hints of cholesterol that's high enough to trigger heart disease -- especially if you're under 40.
- Blood vessels in your eyes that look kinky or off-color: If the blood vessels on your retina are looped, have sharp bends, or look more gray or bronze rather than red, we'll check extra carefully for diabetes and hypertension.
Rajesh K. Shetty, MD
Location and Office HoursFlorida Eye Specialists, PA
11512 Lake Mead
Jacksonville, FL 32256
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
What can my eyes reveal about my health?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredAs doctors, we're looking into your eyes for clues, such as cholesterol deposits. Your eyes can actually provide early warnings about your heart health. The cool thing is that you can keep an eye out for the same things we do, such as:Helpful? 6 people found this helpful.
What is a visual field test?
Your visual field refers to how much you can see around you, including objects in your peripheral (side) vision.
This test produces a map of your field of vision. Visual field tests help your ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) monitor any loss of vision and diagnose eye problems and disease.
What's the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?
An ophthalmologist is an Eye M.D., either a medical doctor or a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.). Eye M.D.s have finished at least four years of college, at least four years of medical school, and at least four years of additional postgraduate training after medical school. An optometrist has had college education and then an O.D. (doctor of optometry) degree granted after four years of study in an optometry college, but an optometrist has not attended a medical school nor has he or she received postgraduate medical training. (Be careful not to confuse the D.O. and O.D. degrees.)
See all Eye Conditions questions