Eyes Play a Major Role in American Heart Month

Marcus eyesWe often do not realize that eye health and heart health are indeed related. Here in the Triangle we probably would not put the two together. But it is true that the heart governs the blood vessels that are all related to the eyes. And this is American Heart Month. Dr. Beth Friedland, at Park Ophthalmology, urges you to keep both eyes on your eye health. And she wants you to do it for the sake of your heart.

Here is why:

  • Eye aging is now linked to a multitude of problems related to the body’s circadian (internal) rhythm, including heart disease, insomnia and cancer. As the eyes age, less sunlight filters through to reach important retina cells that regulate the body’s circadian rhythm, according to a report mentioned recently in the New York Times.

  • Believe it or not, your eyes can offer clear warning signs of damage to the heart or kidneys. Changes in the blood vessels or swelling near your optic nerve can tell many things about your health. Some studies show people with changes in their retinal blood vessels due to high blood pressure have a higher risk of heart attacks and heart failure.

  • Got dark circles, puffy eyes, or under eye bags? One study suggested baggy eyes might be a sign of potential heart attacks.

  • Many people make an appointment with a dermatologist to ask about the yellow raised patches of skin around the eyelids. Those are called xanthelasmata, and it’s a buildup of cholesterol, which can also indicate cardiac problems such as heart attacks, stroke and heart disease.

Scientists are still studying all the ways different parts of our bodies are connected. We know there are more eye health signs out there that will help us monitor your overall health. Dr. Beth Friedland can check your eyes for all sorts of problems; but only if you come in for regular checkups.

Even if your vision is just fine, by coming in to your Park Ophthalmologist regularly, you’re doing your part to take care of your eyes and the rest of your body, even your heart.


Photo: Marcus, freedigitalphotos.net

Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including: surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care and heart health is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

Please note that all the information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

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Raleigh, NC 27615

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