Healthy eyes lead to healthy body

2019-02-27 06:00

For centuries, the literary world and artists alike have used the metaphor “windows to the soul” to indicate the eyes’ importance to the rest of the body.

It is described as a first point of contact, as it were.

Even Biblical references relate to the importance of the eye, such as Acts 26:18 – To open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light . . .

When a patient arrives at the Horizon Eye Care Centre with a certain problem, the eye is a treasure trove of wealth to be examined.

Within it, the eyes hold opportunities and clues for the practitioners in the medical science to detect and successfully diagnose illnesses.

When using technology, an ophthalmologist (eye specialist) can visualise the retina with clarity.

The retina is the inner, thin layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye.

The retina can be examined by using a split lamp with specialised lenses, a retinal camera or even by means of Optical Coherence Tomography.

When a change on the retina is observed, further tests can be done in cases where diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol are suspected.

Parasitic infections such as toxoplasmosis, toxocara and even malaria can leave certain marks on the retina.

The eye is so revealing, even the use of certain medications can leave their mark on the retina.

Some of these include steroids and anti-malaria medicines, as well as medicines that treat heart conditions.

The close relation between the eye and the brain enables the development of new and innovative technology which can assist with a number of conditions.

Increased pressure in the brain can be detected by scanning the back of the eye.

The eye also assists in the detection of serious conditions such as cranial deformities, trauma suffered, infections and hydrocephalus.

The latest technology in diagnostics through the eye is an ultrasonic machine which tracks the dynamics of the back of the eye.

When monitoring these dynamics, the amount of pressure in the brain can be determined.

Both cutting-edge technology and age-old scriptures go to show: When your eyes are healthy, your body will be, too.

Even the use of certain medications can leave their mark on the retina.

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