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!
You may have trouble convincing yourself that routine eye exams are a necessity. If you have always had good vision there is no reason to worry, right? While it may seem natural to put off an annual eye exam, there are a few things an optometrist at our office will check for other than vision correction issues. Here’s a list of some of the things you can expect during routine eye exams:
- Common Eye Diseases – Did you know your eyes can suffer from low vision due to disease? Glaucoma, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can all be determined during a visit to our office.
- Corrective Prescriptions – If it takes your eyes longer than usual to adjust or you’ve begun to notice blurry vision, a routine eye exam is the best way to determine what steps you should take next.
- Overall Health Indicators – Your eyes can be indicators of other health issues, like diabetes. You may not even be aware of a health-related issue until you schedule a routine eye exam.
- How Your Eyes Work Together – Dizziness and headaches are just two common problems that may arise when your eyes are not working together properly. Routine eye exams can help to address this issue when you are experiencing problems that don’t seem to resolve.
At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we are equipped to assist you with routine eye exams and provide individualized care. You aren’t just a number to us – when you come see us we treat your family like our family and give each patient the attention they deserve. If you have questions about routine eye exams or you are overdue for an appointment, contact us today to get started.
Routine eye exams are an important part of your medical care that often gets overlooked. These 3 things will help you know if and when you need to schedule a routine eye exam.
How often are routine eye exams necessary?
Usually, routine eye exams are needed every 1-2 years, depending on a few factors.
• For children, people who wear contacts, or anyone 40 years or older, routine eye exams are needed every year.
• According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, everyone else should have a routine eye exam every 2 years.
What is checked during a routine eye exam?
A routine eye exam usually includes checking refractive error, seeing if the eyes work together, alignment, ability to focus, and for diseases.
Who needs eye exams?
Routine eye exams are important for everyone. They are important in adults to look for changes in vision or to check for signs of disease, and they are important for children because often young people don’t realize they have a vision problem. Vision problems in children can negatively affect their performance in school and their ability to learn, so it’s important to catch them early and make sure they are corrected quickly.
If you think you or your children might be due for a routine eye exam, contact us today at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry to schedule an appointment.
Good eye health is about more than just having good vision, and this is true throughout your life. There are a number of conditions that can be resolved when diagnosed early through routine eye exams, so even if you are not noticing any chances in your vision, you should still get an exam from time to time. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we conduct thorough routine eye exams, so you can rest assured you have done everything you can to preserve your sight.
It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul – well, we don’t know about that, but we do know that routine eye exams can often be a window to other things going on with your health. For example, while many know that diabetes can lead to retina damage and loss of vision, routine eye exams can also aid in the diagnosing of this disease, sometimes catching it way before other symptoms lead you to go to your family doctor. In some rare instances, brain tumours and blood pressure issues have also been diagnosed through routine eye exams.
As we age, we are more susceptible to a number of eye diseases, such as glaucoma, which, when caught early through routine eye exams, can be treated more successfully. On the other end of the spectrum, problems such as lazy eye can be resolved completely when caught early, so even the very young should have routine eye exams.
We make it easy to take care of this vital part of your preventative health care plan by having appointment hours that are convenient for families. We schedule appointments certain evenings and also on Saturdays, so you don’t have to miss work to take care of yourself. We treat your family like our family!