By Dr. Yvonne Alomia
A 26 year old patient came in for an eye examination. Vision was 20/20 in both eyes. Dilation of the eyes revealed a blood vessel abnormality right above the optic nerve (seen in the photo below). Complete blood count, with lipid profile, was recommended. A complete blood count provides important information regarding the white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. It is the most commonly ordered blood test and can identify a wide range of systemic disorders, such as anemia, polycythemia, bleeding disorders, leukemia, and infections. It can also tell if there are certain forms of liver, heart, or lung diseases.