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Eyes are the windows to your health

Wednesday - 5/23/2012, 6:34am  ET

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For eyes, there's more than meets the eye. They can reveal a lot about a body's health. (Thinkstock)

WASHINGTON - The eyes may be windows to the soul, but a quick check-up and they can tell doctors a lot about overall health.

Doctors say eyes can reveal major warning signs of heart disease.

Small yellow patches around eyes, for example, are really cholesterol deposits -- never a good thing.

A white ring around the pupils also is a sign of cholesterol build-up.

If the blood vessels in the whites of eyes are an odd shape or color, a doctor is likely to look more closely for indications of diabetes or high blood pressure.

WTOP's Paula Wolfson contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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