What can an eye exam tell you about your health?

eye exams and healthYou know that seeing your eye doctor is the best way to be sure that your eyes stay healthy. During your exam, your eye doctor may dilate your pupils so he can examine your optic nerves, retinas and blood vessels. Your eye care practitioner can tell a lot about the health of your body by looking at the health of your eyes.
Your Blood Pressure
If during your exam, your doctor notices kinks or tears in the blood vessels of your eyes, you may be asked about your blood pressure.  The condition of those blood vessels could suggest undiagnosed or unmanaged high blood pressure (hypertension).
Your Blood Sugar
Bleeding or yellowish fluid leaking in the blood vessels of the eye can signify diabetic neuropathy. Your eye care professional may encourage you to see your family physician for blood sugar screening. Properly managed blood sugar levels could save your vision.
Your Autoimmune System
Characterized by inflammation throughout the body, a dysfunctional autoimmune system can affect your joints, your internal organs, and your eyes. The immune system can attack the blood vessels in the back of the eye and on the retina, which can affect your vision. Anyone who has an autoimmune disorder should have regular eye exams.
Your Thyroid
Graves eye disease, also called thyroid eye disease, is another autoimmune disorder. In this case, the autoimmune issue causes an overactive thyroid. Symptoms could also include swelling around the eyes and protruding eyeballs. If you have a thyroid disorder, you may also notice fatigue, weight loss, and heat intolerance.
Your Nervous System
The optic nerve is the only area of the brain that can be seen from outside of the body. Vision problems could be one of the first signs you might notice if you were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Researchers suggest that optic nerve scans could also provide useful information for other neurological conditions.
Your eye doctor would be able to detect many other health conditions before you were aware of a problem. He can warn you of suspected tumors, aneurysms, or even cancer. Your comprehensive eye exam could be your first indication that you have a more serious health concern that should be investigated by your family physician.  Early detection is important for treatment for these critical medical issues.  If you have a known medical condition, be sure to see your eye care provider as often as recommended, and notify him of any changes in your health.

Hampton Roads Eye Associates provides qualified eye care professionals who are trained to identify major health issues during your eye health exam.  Please schedule an appointment with us today, at 757-643-8800.  Our board certified ophthalmologists are ready to help you with your eye care health and treatment.  


Comprehensive Eye Care At HREA

comprehensive eye care Hampton RoadsAt Hampton Roads Eye Associates, we love to hear from our patients! Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we always love it when our patients take the time to share their experiences with us!

“Words cannot express how grateful we are for you. You are an amazing doctor and you are the only reason that our son is doing so well. We thank God for you all the time are are so happy that he has been in your hands and it’s amazing all you have done for him! We look forward to the future and his eyes improving more and more. We just wanted to thank you and let you know how much we appreciate all you’ve done and will continue to do!” 

“I have been a client at Hampton Roads Eye Associates for 30 years.  About five years ago, I developed cataracts and was wearing contact lenses and relying on strong reader glasses.  When Dr. Kitay suggested laser assisted cataract surgery, I didn’t have any hesitations. I think this is a great procedure and now I can see without visual aids – no contacts or glasses!! My advice if you are living with cataracts – go see Dr. Kitay! He and the entire team at HREA are very friendly and professional. It was a really wonderful experience! Thank you!

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We are proud to offer a variety of eye care services to the Hampton Roads community. Our broad spectrum of eye care, includes everything from vision care (evaluating visual changes and prescribing glasses) to diagnosing and treating eye disease.

Conveniently located in the Oyster Point Area of Newport News, Hampton Roads Eye Associates provides general ophthalmology and eye disease treatment for adult and pediatric patients.

Our comprehensive list of services includes:

Dr. Tanner voted as TOP DOC for 2014

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Tanner has been named a Top Doc of Hampton Roads for 2014 by Virignia Coastal Magazine. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Tanner! The 2014 Top Doctors peer survey is the most selective list in the area, and a wonderful resource for the community.

Dr. Gary Tanner, M.D., a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, joined Hampton Roads Eye Associates in 2006, but has been serving patients in the Tidewater area since 1993 when his military service brought him to Virginia.

Dr. Tanner, a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, specializes in the latest techniques in cataract and oculoplastic surgery.  In addition, he has extensive training and experience in the care of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and dry eyes, as well as comprehensive eye care.

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The voting for this survey to determine the top Coastal Virginia physicians was open to all licensed and practicing physicians in the Coastal Virginia Magazine’s market area. Each physician was allowed to nominate up to 3  physicians in each given medical specialty they deemed worthy of this honor.  Being voted a Top Doc 2014 by Coastal Virginia Magazine means that Dr. Tanner’s peers in the medical community have chosen to recognize his outstanding service to the Peninsula.  

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