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Your Eyes Could Be the Windows to Your Health

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A routine eye exam could potentially reveal much more about your health.

Seventy-eight-year-old retired mortgage broker Robert Waters walked into his ophthalmologist’s office in Nashville, Tenn. for a routine annual eye exam, and walked out with something he wasn’t expecting—an urgent follow-up with his cardiologist.
“I saw a microscopic clot in the blood vessels of his retina,” said Rebecca Taylor, M.D., of Nashville Vision Associates. The follow-up revealed a much bigger mass residing in his carotid artery, putting him at high risk for a stroke…
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Written by: Reena Mukamal
Reviewed by: Dr. Rebecca J. Taylor