The eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know that they are also a window into your general health? Your eyes are able to show many different health conditions such as liver disease or allergic reactions. There is even more to see about your health when you look into the eye. In fact, your Victoria optometrist can be one of the first lines of defence against conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and even multiple sclerosis. How? Read on to find out.
Diabetes is a common condition that is exponentially growing in North America, with over 1 million new cases diagnosed each year. Diabetes can lead to many other health concerns which includes ocular complications such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts. Of these, retinopathy is the most commonly associated with diabetes.
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness, and includes symptoms such as blurry vision, floaters, and loss of vision. Thankfully, diabetic retinopathy can be detected early with a dilated eye exam. There are several reasons one may be recommended to have an annual dilated eye exam. A few of these are listed below:
- You are age 60 or older
- You are an African American person that is age 40 or older (due to higher risk of glaucoma)
- You have a high prescription or;
- You are diabetic
During a dilated eye exam, the doctor instills eye drops to enlarge the pupil. Using special lenses, the doctor examines the retina, including the optic nerve, macula, and the blood vessels through the pupil. The optometrist can also make use of advanced technology to get images and scans of the retina which allow a more thorough look and prevention based care.
Regular exams with your eye doctor are important for both your ocular health as well as your general health. Eyecare professionals are able to detect many conditions early and therefore initiate treatment sooner to avoid further complications. If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, annual visits with your eye doctor are a must to check for any potential eye complications!
Contact us today to book your checkup with our Victoria eyecare professionals.