An annual eye exam is one of the most important tests you can have each year. Many times the first places diseases show up are in the eyes. At Yeager Vision Care, our eye doctor will check for diseases during your eye exam in South Carolina. Conditions such as high cholesterol and diabetes are often found in the eyes before anywhere else. When eyes remain healthy, it is usually a good indicator that the rest of the body is in good health, too. Always check with your primary care doctor during your physical as well to ensure that you are in good overall health.
Diabetes is often one of the main diseases that can show up during an eye exam in South Carolina. Diabetes is common in many Americans and if it is not treated in time, can cause serious health problems that affect every part of the body. Because the diabetic body does not process blood sugar like a normal body, it may cause blood sugar levels to spike. This can block blood vessels and cause them to swell and leak blood. Our doctor will notice this during your eye exam if you exhibit this symptom of diabetes. If not treated, it may lead to vision loss or blindness. Other mild conditions such as pink eye or allergies also show up in the eyes, causing them to be red, swollen or itchy. This can be treated with medicated or over the counter eye drops.
High blood pressure can also show up during your eye exam in South Carolina. If you are experiencing blurry vision, you should see our doctor immediately. It may indicate hypertension, which can result in heart attack if not treated properly. And if you experience white rings around the eyes, have an eye exam to check your cholesterol. High cholesterol can result in clogged arteries and heart disease. Your cholesterol levels can be treated by eating a good diet, exercising, and staying as stress free as possible.