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What’s The Link Between Heart Disease and Ocular Health?

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The eyes are often thought of to be a window into overall health. That’s because they allow us to clearly see the condition of blood vessels, nerves, and internal tissues without performing surgery.

So, if an eye doctor spots a problem in the eye’s blood vessels, it may indicate a problem with blood vessels in other areas of the body. After all, the eyes aren’t isolated; they’re a part of an entire system.

How the Ocular System Connects to the Cardiovascular System

The link between the two systems can be found in the eye’s ‘retina vasculature’ — the network of blood vessels that supplies blood to the retina.

An underlying cardiovascular problem is often apparent can present signs in the retina’s blood vessels because they share the same mechanisms. Similarly, treating a diagnosed heart disease can also improve eye disease.

They’re also linked because experts agree that Hhaving cardiovascular disease significantly increases one’s risk of having vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Some shared risk factors for eye disease and heart disease: are:

  • Obesity
  • Elevated lipid levels
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure

If any of the above risk factors apply to you or a loved one, we can help.

At YESnick Vision Center, we perform comprehensive eye exams with the most up-to-date technology for accurate and thorough diagnoses. Whether you have a history of heart disease or are at risk, we can help by closely monitoring your eye health to notice any changes that could signal a problem.

To schedule your comprehensive eye exam, call Yesnick Vision Center in Las Vegas today!

At Yesnick Vision Center, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 702-500-0525 or book an appointment online to see one of our Las Vegas eye doctors.

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