How To Tell If You Have High Cholesterol With An Eye Exam
Your eyes are the window to your arteries. With a good dilated exam, your doctor can see if you have cholesterol build up in the vessels of your eyes. This build up can form plaque, causing blockage much like a blockage that occurs in the heart. This blockage stops the flow of blood to and from the eye, causing a possible stroke.
A stroke to the eye, otherwise known as a retinal vein occlusion occurs when the connection between the optic nerve and your brain is blocked. This can cause irreversible loss of vision. Even worse, this plaque could break off and travel to the brain causing a stroke that can affect your motor skills, memory, speech impairment and even death. Early detection and treatment is very important to preserve your vision and quality of life.
In the event that a doctor determines there is plaque in the eye, the patient will be sent for further testing. Our doctors here at Fisher Swale Nicholson Eye Center will work with your primary care physician and cardiologist to help if a course of action is needed for treatment.
Other Signs of High Cholesterol In The Eyes
Less serious signs of cholesterol seen in the eyes are bluish colored rings around the cornea, the clear outer surface of the eye. This condition is known as arcus senilis and does not interfere with your vision but could be an indicator of high cholesterol.
Another indicator of high cholesterol is xanthelasma. These are yellow colored elevated spots found on the skin around the eye lids and nasal area. This condition is not harmful and does not impair your vision.
Our eyes are the only place that our blood vessels can be observed without cutting into the body. Valuable information regarding our health can be detected through a routine eye exam. An eye exam cannot only give you a better quality of life, it can save your life.