If you still don’t know, your eye health is a key indicator of your overall health.
Through a comprehensive eye examination, ophthalmologists can identify and reveal a lot more about you overall physical health than just your vision problems.
Here are the indicators that they examine:
Blurry vision may possibly be a sign of diabetes. If it isn’t controlled well, it may further result in diabetic retinopathy – a condition in which tiny blood vessels in your eyes leak certain fluids and blood.
Rapid Instances of Blurry Vision
Sudden occurrence of blurry vision might not be good. Abrupt loss of vision may be a sign of irregular blood flow to your eye or your brain. Even if your vision goes back to normal quickly, it might still be a warning sign of the initial phase of a migraine or a stroke. Immediate medical attention is advisable in such cases so as to prevent any serious damage to your health.
Even having constant dry eyes can indicate something. Various factors are responsible for causing dry eyes – hormonal changes, environment or the amount of time you spend staring at digital screens. If you spend hours staring at your laptop, smartphone or any other kind of digital screens, your eyes are at a greater risk of developing digital eye strain. Your eyes become dry, irritated and red if you don’t blink for a long time. Certain forms of arthritis are also linked with dry eyes.
In a not so surprising indication, cloudy eyes are symptoms of cataracts which causes clouding of the lens inside the eye. This condition can be corrected with cataract surgery. Generally, older people develop cataracts.
However, if young people develop cataracts it may be an indication of either diabetes, tumors or any side effects of certain medications.
White Spots on Cornea
Those who wear contact lenses are at a greater risk of developing corneal ulcers. White spots on the cornea are one of the most prominent symptoms. As a contact lens wearer, your risk of developing white spots on your cornea increases if you often sleep with your contacts on.
Ask our experienced eye doctors about LASIK. It is an almost painless vision correction surgery which will help you see your best without the hassles of prescription glasses or contact lenses.
Yellowish eyes and skin are indicative of jaundice. This may indicate that you may have liver problems caused by increased levels of bilirubin produced by your liver when it is damaged or inflamed.
Chronic alcohol abuse, infection, cancer, improper dietary habits are some of the most common reasons for liver damage.
Abnormal Blood Vessels in Retina
If you suffer from high blood pressure, the minute blood vessels in the retina twist and kink. In a condition called as A-V nicking, the retinal veins develop dents in their normal shape. This indicates a high risk of a deadly stroke.
If you are experiencing difficulty in seeing in low light like at night, you may be suffering from night blindness. It may be indicative of cataracts or poor vision which may be corrected with the help of prescription glasses. It may also indicate a deficiency of Vitamin A in your body. Add superfoods that are rich in Vitamin A to your diet such as carrots, spinach, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, etc.
Your eye doctor can help you determine more about your physical well-being than just the right set of prescription glasses or contacts. Most symptoms which affect your eyes and physical health may be visible to you, but there are some which can only be identified by an eye doctor.
In a nutshell, your eyes reveal a lot about your overall physical well-being. Hence, it is essential that you get your eyes checked periodically.
That’s how helpful an in-depth eye checkup is not only to your vision but to your overall physical health as well. These are more than enough reasons for you to have your eye checked comprehensively already.
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