This health video will focus how one day looking only into your eyes can diagnose many different conditions.
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Jeniffer Mathews: Typically, a routine eye exam looks at the health of your eyes. One day, it may be able to tell you something about the health of you body, specifically your risk of stroke. Tien Wong:My role here was to essentially look at the eye changes and see whether that tells us something about the cardiovascular health itself. Jeniffer Mathews: Ophthalmologist Tien Wong is on a hunt. He's reviewing images of ten-thousand people's eyes in search of a pattern. Tien Wong: We take the film-based photographs. We scan them. We convert them into a high-resolution digital image, and then we enlarge them into multiple times their size. Jeniffer Mathews: A computer measures the width of blood vessels and compares them to the standard. Tien Wong: At least the early findings in this study shows that even people who are not considered at higher risk of stroke, including the general healthy middle-aged people, if you have some of these changes, you are at a higher risk of stroke. Jeniffer Mathews: He warns the research is very early. However, he's optimistic, it will shed more light on stroke prevention. Tien Wong: It is possible that looking at an eye in the future might give you a bit more information than just measuring your blood pressure or cholesterol. Jeniffer Mathews: This is Jeniffer Mathews reporting.