02 Oct 3 Non-Eye Health Conditions Your Eye Exam Can Detect
One of the greatest advantages to maintaining a regular schedule of eye exams is that you have a much better chance of catching any anomalies that could impact your long-term eye health and vision. For instance, your optometrist can detect signs of glaucoma or cataracts early and help you slow their progression through proper care and treatment. However, what your optometrist learns through careful study of your eyes may help reveal more than just eye trouble.
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, describes prolonged, increased force against your arteries which, in time, can lead to arterial damage and increased risks of heart disease, heart attack, and myriad other health problems. During your eye exam, your optometrist may notice the increased pressure in the blood vessels in your eye and prompt you to seek a blood pressure test.
Diabetes is closely related to eye your eye health. In fact, diabetic retinopathy (damage to the retina’s blood vessels) is common among those who have the disease. If you don’t that you have diabetes, but your eye exam reveals signs of retinopathy, then you may want to visit your physician as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis. The sooner diabetes is under control, the greater chance you have of mitigating its effects on your eye and overall health.
In addition to hypertension, cardiovascular issues such as blood clots, chronic inflammation, heart disease, and more can also become noticeable in the appearance of your eyes and quality of your vision. The entire arrangement of blood vessels in your retina are closely connected to your heart health, and changes in their appearance or function can indicate the need for immediate care.
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Sticking to a regular schedule of eye exams can do more than just help you protect your eye sight. It can also help you detect several other health concerns that could directly impact your eye health. For more information, or to schedule an eye exam with us, call Kirkwood Eye Center in Southlake, TX, today at (817) 416-2010.