Many Triangle NC residents visit the eye doctor once a year to update an eyeglass or contact lens prescription. But going to the Optometrist or Ophthalmologist isn’t just about getting a new pair of glasses; it can save your life.
Doctors can’t always see through you, but when it comes to eyes, your ophthalmologist has a very unique window. The eye is the looking glass of health, offering a view of blood vessels, tissue and nerves. Because the body’s systems are connected, your eye doctor might be the first one to tell you of other health issues.
So here are four health concerns your Park Ophthalmology Doctor might see through your eyes:
- Diabetes – Many people with diabetes suffer vision loss or related vision problems. We can check in on this disease while assessing eye health.
- Stroke – Those with heart disease and other stroke risk factors should get regular eye exams. The blood clots that cause strokes are often visible in the tiny blood vessels of the eye.
- Other Illnesses/Autoimmune Diseases – Eye symptoms might show up before other symptoms in cases of autoimmune problems. Immune cells, such as white blood cells, can be seen floating in part of the eye if the body is fighting some infection. Additionally, the combination of eye symptoms with other problems might be a sign of something more serious such as arthritis or even multiple sclerosis.
- Brain Tumors – Thankfully, this one is far less common. But some vision changes might indicate a brain tumor. For example, upon exam, the optic disc is found swollen and there is a loss in vision in a particular way. The patient might need to be evaluated for a brain tumor.
Your ophthalmologist isn’t always going to save a life by spotting a serious brain tumor, but visiting Park Ophthalmology for your annual eye exam might be one of the healthiest things you do this year.
This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.
Photo Credit: Beth Friedland MD
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