There is more to an eye exam than just vision correction. During a comprehensive eye exam, your Optometrist will not only assess the health of your eyes, but they will also assess your overall systemic health.
Here are some health problems that could be detected during an eye exam:
- Diabetes— Diabetes affects the small capillaries in the retina. This will cause them to become leaky. As a first sign, your Optometrist will see spots of blood in the retina.
- Hypertension— Appearance of blood vessels in the Retina will change with high blood pressure.
- Autoimmune disorders— In autoimmune disorders like Lupus or Rheumatoid arthritis, your Optometrist may see inflammation in your eyes.
- High cholesterol— Your Optometrist might see plaques in the Retinal blood vessels or a ring around the cornea.
- Thyroid disease— A condition known as Grave’s Disease causes buldging eyes.
- Cancer— Cancer can be seen on the skin around the eyes or in the other ocular structures like your Iris or Retina.
- Tumors— Droopy eyelid or irregularly shaped pupils could possibly indicate a neck tumor or an aneurism.
Make sure you have your eyes examined annually!