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What Your Eye Exam Reveals About Your Overall Health


exams_29594285Regular eye exams do more than update you about the current state of your ocular health. When you visit Eye Luv Lucy, you can actually learn more about your overall health.

Your Risk for Certain Diseases

A lot of diseases create specific side effects in your eyes. During a routine eye exam, your doctor can look for signs of a risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, and even a brain tumor or an aneurism. Even if you have perfect vision, you should get your eyes checked at least once in your 20s and twice in your 30s so the eye doctor can look for signs of other issues like these.

The Presence of Mental Illnesses

Eye exams can also show evidence of certain mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. These conditions usually cause the eyes to track in different patterns than they do in patients with no mental illness. Doctors are starting to use the same technology that they use to diagnose glaucoma to look for signs of mental illnesses like these.

A Vitamin A Deficiency

Vitamin A is an essential element of a healthy diet. If you do not have enough of it in your system, you could be at risk for eventual night blindness or general vision loss. During a routine eye exam, the optometrist can look over the surface of your eye to see if there is any damage from a lack of vitamin A. If you are experiencing any trouble seeing at night, you should inform the doctor while you are getting your exam.

Even if you have no trouble seeing, it is important to get a regular eye exam for early signs of other health issues. Your eyes are one of the best indicators of your overall health and getting them checked out helps you ensure that you are healthy. Make an appointment with Dr. Lucy today!

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