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.  

 

Hampton Roads Eye Associates Named Best Eye Doctor in 2017!

daily pressHampton Roads Eye Associates was named 2017 “Best Eye Doctor/Optometrist and Ophthalmologist/Lasik” in Newport News by the Daily Press Choice Awards! Providing exceptional vision care is the mission of Hampton Roads Eye Associates. The doctors and staff are proud to be recognized by the community as an outstanding provider of vision care services, and will continue to meet their expectations in the future.

Winners of the Daily Press Choice Awards are chosen by the readers of the Daily Press through a nomination and ballot-voting system. The ballots reached to six geographic areas including Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown and Poquoson, Williamsburg, Gloucester and Mathews, and South of the James. This annual competition is sponsored by the Daily Press and is designed to allow the community to nominate and vote for who they believe is the most deserving of the designation of “Best of…” in multiple categories that include: wellness, food, home, recreation, services, and shopping.

Nominations were taken between June 5 and July 14, and voting took place between July 30th and August 26th 2017.

The Daily Press readers’ Choice Awards Gala was held at the Mariners Museum on September 18, 2017, to honor all the nominees and announce the winners. The category winners were announced on December 10th in a special publication by the Daily Press.

If you would like to congratulate our outstanding team of providers on this award, or if it’s time for your annual vision care wellness exam, please stop by to make an appointment or contact Hampton Roads Eye Associates at (757) 643-8800.

Happy Holidays from Hampton Roads Eye Associates!

Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from the team at Hampton Roads Eye Associates.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life and your health!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year