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Your Eye Exam Could Save Your Life!

Your Eye Exam Could Save Your Life!

Most Americans only visit the eye doctor when they notice changes in their vision. Not a bad plan, right? Although it’s always important to see a doctor if you notice a difference in your health, you might want to visit your eye doctor even if when you don’t think anything is wrong. This is because comprehensive eye examinations can help doctors catch certain health problems early, many of which have nothing to do with the eye. Diabetes Believe it or not, it’s possible to detect diabetes in the eye before it even registers in a blood sugar test. During the dilated portion of the eye exam, your doctor can detect changes or damage to the blood vessels in the retina. This condition, known as diabetic retinopathy, is a common sign of diabetes. Cancer During an eye exam, your doctor may be able to detect ocular melanoma, or skin cancer within the eye. Like most other forms of skin cancer, ocular melanoma often begins as a mole or a freckle. If your doctor notices a freckle in your eye, they may monitor you to make sure it doesn’t become more serious. Autoimmune disorders Autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis can all be detected in a comprehensive eye examination. For instance, many people with rheumatoid arthritis experience dry eye because their immune system attacks their tear ducts. Lupus can result in inflammation within the eye, as well as changes to the blood vessels in the retina. MS can result in numerous eye problems including an...