Like going to the dentist at least once a year to keep the teeth and gums clean and healthy and to ensure that there are no problems lurking below the surface, regularly scheduling an eye exam once a year should be a priority for every adult, especially those over the age of 40. However, many people with normal visual acuity (those who do not need to see an ophthalmologist regularly to fill a prescription for glasses or contact lenses) assume that it’s perfectly fine to skip the yearly eye exam until a problem does arise.
Dr. Michael Tracy of Carlsbad Eye Care, regarded as the best Carlsbad ophthalmologist, advises patients to take their visual and ocular health as seriously as they do their oral and overall general health.
Health Conditions That Can be Diagnosed Through an Eye Exam
It might seem hard to believe, but in addition to detecting a case of nearsightedness or glaucoma, ophthalmologists can often diagnose more serious, and even potentially life threatening conditions by examining a patient’s eyes.
Some of the serious and potentially deadly conditions that can be found through an eye exam include:
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Certain autoimmune disorders
- High blood pressure
- Cancer (lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women can spread to the eyes)
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Certain underlying health conditions like diabetes and cases of advanced HIV/AIDS can lead to blindness if not caught and treated early. Taking the time to schedule a yearly eye exam and incorporating it into a regular routine is the best way to maintain optimal visual and overall health.
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