Eyes and Overall Health
They say your eyes are the windows to the soul. They are also the windows to your health because they allow your eye doctor to see what's going on inside you.
Did you know your eyes are the only part of your body where eye doctors can look directly at internal, functioning blood vessels? These offer clues and warnings of serious diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), diabetes, and even some types of cancer.
Comprehensive Eye Exams* and Detection of Serious Systemic Diseases
A comprehensive eye exam can serve as an early detector of serious health problems before other symptoms occur.
During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will assess your visual performance, perform a series of tests for glaucoma, and examine your retina for damage while checking blood vessels, nerve functions and blood flow in your eyes.
Systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis, frequently cause changes in the eye that can show up as inflammation, small blood clots or swelling within the retina. Through a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor can detect these abnormalities, treat them or, when necessary, refer you to the appropriate medical specialist.
Ask your Eye Doctor
Even if you don’t have any vision problems, it is important to schedule yearly comprehensive eye exams with your eye doctor. This is an easy step you can take to help protect your vision and overall health.
Click here to find a list of eye doctors in your area.* Comprehensive Eye Exam: includes dilated retinal examination