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Did you know that your eyes are the only place in your body where blood vessels and nerve tissue can be seen directly? When your eye doctor dilates and examines them using special lenses, he or she can determine not only whether there are diseases present which might threaten vision or the health of your eye (such as cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration); they can also identify changes which suggest body-wide disorders, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and increased risk for stroke. This talk will illustrate some of these findings, and reveal why the eyes are rightly called the windows to your body’s health.
Dr. Rachel Bishop is chief of the Consult Services Section in the Eye Clinic at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH). She performs eye examinations on people who are participating in clinical trials throughout the many Institutes and Centers at the NIH. This involves monitoring medication and treatment effects, managing eye diseases, and performing surgeries.