Regular comprehensive eye exams are a key component to eye health, but having your eyes examined can also help identify other conditions and diseases. Did you know that the eye is the only organ in your body that provides a physician with a clear view of your arteries, veins and a cranial nerve?
Blood vessels in the eyes can indicate a condition such as hypertension or diabetes because both diseases affect blood vessels in the eyes in specific ways. Comprehensive eye exams have helped some ophthalmologists diagnose brain tumors because of a swollen optic nerve. Another common condition that can make itself known during an eye exam is high cholesterol.
The health of your eyes is truly a window into your overall health. Many chronic conditions have no symptoms in the early stages and could go undiagnosed for years if a patient foregoes a comprehensive eye exam.
VSP Vision Care recently released the nation’s top eye-healthy cities for 2014. The rankings were based on the number of residents in each city who received regular eye exams. For the second year in a row, Boise, Idaho, topped the charts.
- Boise, Idaho
- Reno, Nevada
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Huntsville, Alabama
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Little Rock, Arkansas
- Denver, Colorado
- Evansville, Indiana
Have you visited your ophthalmologist recently for a comprehensive eye exam? No matter where you live, you can take a proactive step toward better eye health. If you haven’t, do you know when you are due to visit your ophthalmologist again? Here are the guidelines:
- Everyone who wears glasses or contacts should have an annual exam, regardless of age.
- Everyone under the age of 40 should have a comprehensive eye exam every five to ten years.
- After the age of 40, men and women should schedule a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years.
- Those who have diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, a family history of eye disease, previous eye surgeries, previous eye injury, or are over the age of 65 should have more frequent eye exams (Source: Health News Digest).