How Eye Exams Can Save Your Life

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. They are also the windows to your health. The eyes provide glimpses into what is going on inside the body often before symptoms of disease present themselves.

Every 33 seconds someone in the U.S. dies from heart disease. It is estimated that by 2020, heart disease will be the leading cause of death in the U.S. Regular eye examinations can prevent this from happening.

The eyes are the only place in the body where a doctor has unobstructed views of veins and arteries without making an incision. This view provides valuable information as to what is going on throughout the rest of the body. Eye examinations can help determine the presence of cardiovascular disease and hypertension.

Ophthalmologists and Optometrists are specially trained to thoroughly examine the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye that converts images to electric signals that are then sent to the brain. A change in the retina’s appearance when monitored by an eye care professional can indicate disease.

Regular eye exams are an imperative part of preventative medicine. Eye exams should occur every one to three years depending on your age, risk factors and if you are wearing corrective lenses. Healthy children and adults should have an eye exam every two years. Seniors (age 61 and older) should have annual eye exams.

Keeping your eyes healthy not only keeps your vision in optimal shape, it can save your life. For more information about how to keep your eyes in their best shape, visit Raleigh Eye Center or call our office today.