You may have heard about the importance of regular eye exams. But did you know that your eyes can detect other health problems? That’s right.
Your eyes reflect what’s going on in your body. That’s why a comprehensive eye exam can reveal information about your health that might otherwise go unnoticed. And the scary truth is that many eye diseases, and diseases in general, have no symptoms in their early stages.
Read on as a Hartland, MI optometrist talks about comprehensive eye exams and how they can help spot early warning signs of disease.
The structures that make up your eyes contain a network of nerves, blood vessels, and membranes. These structures receive blood, oxygen, and nutrients from the blood circulating in the body. Major changes in your blood or the way it circulates will show up in the blood vessels that supply your eyes. Likewise, your retinas and corneas are also affected by changes in your body, and can also show signs of health problems.
A comprehensive eye exam allows your optometrist to detect up to 20 health problems in the early stages. And considering how important early detection is when disease develops, getting regular eye exams can help you get needed treatment early on.
The first signs of high cholesterol may appear as blue or yellow rings around the cornea. Deposits in the blood vessels inside your cornea can also develop in the presence of high cholesterol.
Bending, folding, or bleeding from the blood vessels at the back of the eye can be a sign of high blood pressure. Incidentally, high blood pressure is a known risk factor for macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other eye diseases.
The first signs of heart disease may appear as microscopic marks on your retina. These marks are caused by mini eye strokes, which can be a symptom of heart disease. Other symptoms include temporary vision loss in one eye or a shadowing of your visual field.
The blood vessels in your eyes can show signs of diabetes long before other signs appear. High blood sugar causes blood to leak into the blood vessels inside your retina, which your optometrist can detect during a comprehensive eye exam.
If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please call our Hartland, MI optometry office today.