It is common knowledge that an eye exam can detect various vision problems, but many people may not know that optometrists can also detect various health issues. With the help of special tests and advanced technology, optometrists can not only provide eye care but may also have the ability to spot signs of illnesses before they become more serious.
Diabetes can cause vision problems such as diabetic retinopathy, which is when blood vessels in the retina become damaged. Optometrists are thus able to spot these changes and provide treatment or refer patients to a specialist for further care.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be a silent killer, but optometrists can detect it during an eye exam. During the exam, they measure the pressure of the eye with a tonometer to see if it is too high or low.
High cholesterol can cause a buildup of fatty deposits in the eye’s blood vessels, which can lead to vision problems. A professional eye doctor can detect these deposits during an eye exam and provide recommendations for treatment or lifestyle changes.
Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can cause vision loss if not treated. During an eye exam, optometrists use special tests to check the pressure inside the eyes and look for signs of damage from glaucoma.
Thyroid disease can cause changes in the eyes that optometrists can detect. During an eye exam, they may be able to see signs of dryness or swelling of the eyes that could indicate a thyroid problem.
Benefits of Early Detection of Health Issues
By detecting other health issues during an eye exam, optometrists may be able to help their patients get the treatment they need before it is too late. Early detection of diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to better outcomes and a longer, healthier life.
Contact Spectrum Eye Care if you are concerned about your eye health or the health of a loved one or if you just wish to get new eyeglasses. Our experienced optometrists can perform a comprehensive eye exam that may also be able to detect signs of illness and provide treatment or referrals as needed. Contact us today at (704) 817-4600 to schedule an appointment. You can also reach us online to get started.