5 Health Problems That Can Be Spotted With An Eye Exam

5 Health Problems That Can Be Spotted With An Eye Exam

Did you know that an eye exam can be as important and effective as a physical when it comes to your overall health? As you age, your eyesight changes, and you may not even know that you need glasses or a stronger prescription, that’s why comprehensive eye exams are so important. Your eye doctor will also perform several tests during the eye examination that will rule out eye disorders such as glaucoma or cataracts. Along with detecting eye disorders, eye doctors can also potentially spot other health issues during the eye exam.
August is National Eye Exam Month, and Bell & Associates Consulting Firm wants to make sure that you take the necessary steps to protect your eye health. So before you decide to postpone that eye appointment again, here are a few ailments that an eye doctor can detect through an eye exam:
  • Diabetes —Diabetic retinopathy is the damage that occurs in the eye’s retina as a result of long-term diabetes. It’s the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans(National Institute of Health).
  • Thyroid disease— The eye muscles and fatty tissue behind the eye become inflamed with thyroid disease. This can cause the eyes to be pushed forward and the eyes and eyelids to become red and swollen.
  • High cholesterol— Cholesterol can deposit around the eyes to form fatty, yellowish lumps which negatively impacts vision.
  • High Blood Pressure — Hypertension can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina and can worsen if your high blood pressure isn’t properly treated.
  • Autoimmune disorders— Inflammation, dry eyes, or changes in the skin around the eyelids can be a sign of an autoimmune disorder like Lupus.

Comprehensive eye exams are recommended every one of two years, depending on your age, for optimum eye health and overall wellness. If you are in the market for vision insurance, consider the advantages to your overall health. Our ocular health insurance plans are sure to keep you covered so you can ensure that your eyes stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

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