Windows to Your Health
Poets say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but did you realize that eye exams provide a window to your health as well?
Eye exams offer our doctors a chance to see into your body in a safe, non-invasive way. When we look into your dilated eye, we can see blood vessels and nerves that can help us to evaluate multiple health issues including
- Hardening of the Arteries
- High Blood Pressure
- Macular Degeneration
In fact, Optometrists are often the first to report diabetes-related complications to patients who may not even realize that they are diabetic, according to a recent study of the American Optometric Association. Through dilated exams, your eye doctor can see swollen blood vessels and small leaks (hemorrhages) in the retina that are signs of diabetes.
The AOA reported that in just one year, over 250,000 patients were diagnosed with diabetes after their optometrists reported concerns. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital for the health and vision of diabetic patients.
Eye doctors can also note changes in visual acuity when patients come in for new glasses. Changes to your prescription can be a reflection of increased blood sugar levels and indicate a need for medical treatment.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes, a regular schedule of dilated eye exams is essential. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in individuals under the age of 74. If you know someone who is diabetic, make sure that they are getting the eye care that they need.
Your eye doctor is an important part of your healthcare team. At Eye Rx we care about you! We want you to know the important role that eye exams play in your overall health.
Let Dr. Teller & Dr. Lobaugh help you to have great vision and good health too!