Eyes: The Windows to Your Health
The human body’s system is what we call “interconnected,” meaning that changes in one part of our body, such as our eyes, can actually mean that there’s a change with another part of our body.
By having a comprehensive eye exam, your doctor may be able to spot a medical condition early and begin a treatment plan before it starts to affect you. Since the eyes live on the surface of our bodies and are see-through, blood vessels, nerves and tissues can be easily viewed with specialized equipment.
This allows doctors to be the first to spot certain medical conditions with just a simple eye exam.
There are a few medical conditions that doctors are able to spot based on what your eyes look like, or how they react to different light.
- Clots in the tiny blood vessels inside of the retina can be a signal risk for strokes, while thickened blood vessel walls along with the narrowing of the vessels can be a sign of high blood pressure.
- Puffy eyes may mean you have an allergy or may have consumed too much sodium.
- Yellowing of the eyes may be a sign of hepatitis, gallbladder disease or likely a gallstone block.
Because the eyes are always changing, Nationwide Vision strongly recommends everyone receive an eye exam on an annual basis. Having said that, adults with no symptoms or known risk should minimally get a baseline exam by age 40 and should return every 1-3 years for evaluation until their mid-60’s. To help ensure healthy vision and overall health, adults 65+ need to receive a comprehensive eye exam annually.
Aside from getting your comprehensive eye exam regularly, make sure and eat these foods for optimal eye health; blueberries, leafy greens such as kale and spinach, peas and apricots. Click here to schedule your annual eye exam today!