This study had me racing to the nearest mirror to have a really good look at my eyes. All OK here!
An eye condition that can easily be seen in eye exams can help to identify the development of diabetes and high blood pressure and cholesterol, according to a new study.
The eye condition called corneal arcus is characterized by a grayish-white ring around the cornea.
The eye condition corneal arcus is seen as a white or gray opaque ring around the edge of the cornea, or colored part of the eye. You can see the arrows pointing to it in the picture of the eye below.
Image courtesy of Cardiff University.
Researchers studied 2,000 patients between April and September 2008. They assessed the patients eyes, as well as health risks such as, blood glucose, blood pressure and lipid levels.
A high 98% of study participants who had a grayish-white ring around the cornea also had metabolic problems related to diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Follow-up testing showed:
Lead researcher, Dr. Steven Leichter said, “This study demonstrates how comprehensive eye exams should be used as a screening for prevalent metabolic conditions.”
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