Many Americans don't get an annual eye test and 48% of parents have never taken their pre-teen for an eye check, yet having exams can detect serious health problems and could even save your life.
The thought of wearing glasses or contact lenses may discourage you from getting an eye test or maybe you feel that vision problems happen only to older people so you haven't insisted on an eye screening for your child. Having routine ophthalmic care is important as eye exams aren't just to see if you need glasses. Here are some serious conditions that can be seen in your eyes.
A high blood/glucose level caused by the initial stages of diabetes can result in damage to the vessels in the eye. If tiny blood spots are noticed, the person should be tested for diabetes. Untreated diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, which is one of the leading causes of blindness.
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can be detected during an eye exam. If it is severe, it can cause a hemorrhage in the back of the eye, blindness or a stroke. Raised pressure specific to the eye could also be a sign of an eye infection or uveitis (inflammation of the uvea).
Lupus and Arthritis
If you have eye inflammation that doesn't respond to treatment you could have lupus, an auto-immune disease. Your eye doctor can order further tests. Having uveitis is also a sign of rheumatoid arthritis.
Ocular melanoma is a type of eye cancer that is undetectable without a professional examination of the eye.
Maple Grove eye clinics can carry out full eye health checks for you and your family so you can have peace of mind and enjoy seeing the world with crystal clarity.