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What health conditions can my eye doctor discover during an exam?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Doctors can see representative brain cells in the optic nerve when they examine your eyes-making them a window into your brain. By examining your eyes, a doctor can often detect diabetes, high blood pressure, arterial plaque, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, stroke, leukemia and many other conditions. That makes getting a thorough eye exam one of the best ways to have your brain personally audited for bigger problems that can affect you down the road.
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