Only those with vision problems need to concern themselves with adult eye exams, right? Wrong! You might be surprised to learn that everyone can benefit from adult eye exams because many illnesses can be detected by examining the eyes. An experienced optometrist does more than judge vision when doing adult eye exams. They can also alert you to potential health problems that could be life-threatening.
- Diabetes – A common problem for those suffering from diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. During adult eye exams, the presence of blood or even a yellow fluid in the retina’s small capillaries is an indication that the patient may have diabetes. Untreated diabetes can lead to many complications.
- Thyroid Disease – The optometrist is also watching out for bulging or protruding eyes, which is a potential indication of thyroid disease.
- Colon Polyps – It is hard to imagine that the eyes being so very far from your colon could in any way lead an optometrist to consider such a situation. However, lesions on the retina are one sign of Gardner syndrome, which, although rare, requires medical attention.
- Sickle Cell Anemia – This illness, which is more common in African Americans, is clearly visible during adult eye exams.
- Spondyloarthris – While not all patients with this inflammatory rheumatic disease will exhibit iritis, almost half will. Adult eye exams that pick up on this help a patient begin managing the disease sooner.
These are just a few of the dozens of conditions that adult eye exams can aid in diagnosing. Others include hypertension, high cholesterol, blood flow issues, autoimmune disorders, tumors, and even some forms of cancer. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, our adult eye exams are comprehensive to watch for potential problems. We also do children’s and senior eye exams, which are equally as important. Call today to schedule one of the most important appointments you make this year.