Future Eye Exams Can Possibly Prevent Strokes

8 June 2012

Head to toe. Top to bottom. Full body heath begins with the eyes. A recent study backs this theory and shows that an eye test could help doctors diagnose a stroke before it happens, which would help save lives. Researchers at the University of Zurich reported that a simple eye test could possibly in the future alert patients who are at risk for having a stroke.

The ocular pulse amplitude (OPA) is an exam that can help detect carotid artery stenosis (CAS), which clogs or blocks arteries from supporting the front part of the brain; this can lead to a stroke. An ophthalmologist could do the OPA test during routine visits. The findings, published in the June issue of Ophthalmology, show that those who had the lowest OPA scores ended up also having the most clogged arteries

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