We have heard this millions of times “The Eyes are the Windows to our Souls” which is true but they are a window on diagnosis and healing and to our overall health. Disorders and diseases can be diagnosed by examining a patient’s eyes and once the disease is diagnosis the haealing can begin through treatment. Please remember to have a dilated eye exam once a year. -MDA

What the eyes can tell us about our well-being

As poets and others have observed, the eye is the window of the soul. But for a long time, medicine has also known that our eyes — with 2 million working parts, they rank only behind the brain in terms of complexity — provide more than an aperture into our spiritual state of being.

They are also a window that allows doctors and researchers to peer into the state of our physical and mental well-being. Today, researchers and clinicians at the University of Minnesota are rapidly expanding the scope of disorders that can be diagnosed by examining a patient’s eyes — and in some cases, using that information yielded by the eye as a starting point for uncovering treatments for ailments that affect both body and mind.

“What kinds of diagnoses can be made through the eye?” asks Erik van Kuijk, M.D., Ph.D., who leads the University’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences. “In addition to diseases of the eye itself, we can discover signs of high blood pressure, infectious diseases like TB and HIV, and lupus, among others. We can diagnose atrial fibrillation, rheumatoid arthritis, and sometimes diabetes.”  The list goes on — and keeps growing. “Syphilis, MS, brain tumors, Lyme disease, some cancers and genetic disorders,” says Michael S. Lee, M.D., a professor in the departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences, Neurology, and Neurosurgery and holder of the Mackall-Scheie Research Chair in Ophthalmology……..

read more: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/mmf/news/bulletin/2014/a-window-on-diagnosis-and-healing.html

source: University of Minnesota

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