I would like to thank Dr Caroline Finlayson for her help throughout this project and for being a great Supervisor. I would also like to thank Dr Sai Kolli, for allowing me a chance to observe the Ophthalmology clinics which helped me a lot with this project. Also Derek Mckee for helping with the setting up of the webpage and the Clinical Skills Team at St George's University for allowing me to adapt to their notes on the eye examination.
Taken from: Weebly photos. Photo used under creative commons from Kyle May.
The eye is one of the most important and precious organs of the human body. Our sight of the world depends on these two spherical organs less than 2 inches of diameter. It is composed of many different types of tissue making it a unique organ. However, they are also susceptible to a number of diseases as well as providing us with a window to the rest of the body, showing signs of disease in other parts of the body. They can present us with important clues to the diagnosis of systemic diseases.
The eye is the only organ in the body in which blood vessels can be seen directly. The health of these small blood vessels often indicates the condition of blood vessels throughout the body. In many conditions ocular symptoms occur early, even before systemic symptoms appear.
In this SSC, I will be looking at the common systemic diseases which involve the eye and the pathology and pathogenesis of the complications which occur. I have tried my best to ensure that all the information on this website is accurate. However, as my knowledge in this field is limited, there may be some errors. Also, all images i have used have been used with permission or adapted and created by myself after an attempt to obtain images locally from Consultant Ophthalmologists.