If you are experiencing blurry vision, it is vital you visit your eye doctor to ensure your eyes are in good health, and that it is not an underlying symptom of a more serious condition. Although your blurry vision may be due to something as simple as general near- or far-sightedness, it could also be the early signs of an eye disease, such as glaucoma or cataracts. Your St. Louis eye exam can even reveal other factors of your overall health, and be the first indication of diabetes or high cholesterol. A visit to the Glaucoma Consultants of St. Louis will help determine and treat whatever the cause of your blurred vision may be.
You may be surprised to learn that yearly eye exams are an easy and important way to protect your eyes and overall health. A routine St. Louis eye exam can help detect signs of serious health conditions, like diabetes, a brain tumor, and high cholesterol. Because symptoms of health conditions often don't appear until damage has already occurred, eye exams are a great way to keep tabs on what's happening in your body. Your eyes are the only place in your body that provide a clear view of your blood vessels, arteries, and a cranial nerve which can tell your doctor a lot about your overall health. Eye doctors can detect early signs of some conditions and diseases by looking at your eye's blood vessels, retina and so forth. Your eye doctor may be able to tell you if you are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or other problems. For example, diabetes can cause small blood vessel leaks or bleeding in the eye, as well as swelling of the macula, which can lead to vision loss. Your eye doctor will likely detect this during a complete eye exam. It is estimated that one-third of Americans who have diabetes don't know it; and in the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 65. Your eye doctor may detect the disease before your primary care physician does, especially if you're overdue for a physical. An optometrist can indicate high blood pressure by looking out for squiggly blood vessels in the retina, triggered by the force of the blood passing through, which can lead to hemorrhaging behind the eye. Similarly, cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol can cause blockages in any of the body's blood vessels, including those in the eyes. During the eye examination, an optometrist can spot little lumps of cholesterol running through the blood vessels. Eventually they can cause blockages and lead to 'blind spots' in vision but until that point there are no symptoms.
Your eyes may be the "windows to the soul", but your eyes also offer an insight into your health. Healthy eyes and a healthy body go hand in hand. At Glaucoma Consultants of St. Louis, when it comes to your eye health, we look at the big picture. But we never lose sight of you in it. Let your optical health be a representation of your physical health. So even if your vision is blurry, it is clear where you should go for your St. Louis eye exam; call us today to schedule an appointment.
By Glaucoma Consultants of St. Louis
November 16, 2015
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