Surprising Diagnoses You Can Get from Routine Eye Exams
It’s been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know that the eyes can be a window to your overall health as well? While many of us go to the optometrist for our routine eye exams to determine the quality of our eyesight and get corrective options if necessary, there are far more things your optometrist can diagnose than whether or not you have 20/20 vision.
For example, during a routine eye exam, your optometrist uses specialized instruments to look at the back of your eyes and inspects the retina, lenses and vessels. Many optometrists can see evidence of diabetes due to the way the disease affects the eyes with excess fluid buildup and leaky blood vessels.
Another disease you might not know you have until you visit your eye doctor is hypertension. Known in medical circles as “the silent killer,” hypertension (or high blood pressure) is an issue that is a problem for many people and has virtually no symptoms. Chronic hypertension can cause or aggravate many health problems, and is manifested in the eyes by kinks, bends, and other issues with the tiny blood vessels located there.
Just a look at the shape of your eyes can tell your optometrist if you have a thyroid condition, since thyroid deficiencies can cause your eyes to bulge slightly. While you might not be able to tell the difference, an eye expert can!
These are just a few examples of surprising diagnoses that you can get from routine eye exams. Because of these issues, many optometrists recommend routine eye exams every one to two years, even if your eyesight hasn’t changed. If you’d like to come see our excellent optometrists here at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we would love to see you. Contact us today!