STUDY Your eyes offer a peek into your brain’s health

The small vessels behind your eyes could reveal how healthy your brain is, a new study has revealed. Scientists have found that people with wider veins scored worse on IQ tests in middle age, Fox News reported. The study’s lead author, Idan Shalev, said that factors such as smoking, diabetes, or socio-economic status alone couldn’t be blamed for the poor scores.

Shalev said that because eye vessels are developed from the same cells that brain vessels are developed from, they may reflect its condition. The study has found that the health of your eyes could indicate brain health at a much earlier age. According to Shalev, “Even if you’re blessed with 20/20 vision, retinal imaging could be the easiest way yet to check in on your brain.”