It is very important to have periodic eye exams on a yearly basis to make sure that your eyes stay healthy. However, having an eye exam in South Carolina at our vision practice, Yeager Vision Care, by our optometrists, Dr. Ken Yeager and Dr. Karen Mak, can also provide information about your overall health.
By having an annual eye exam in South Carolina at our practice, you will make sure that your eyes stay healthy. However, when our optometrist examines your eyes, they are also able to learn many important things about your overall general health. This is another reason why it is important to have annual eye exams. Often, health problems are first diagnosed during eye exams. This is because the eyes are the only place where blood vessels, arteries, and cranial nerves can be seen; they offer a clear representation of what is going on inside your body. Sometimes patients are first diagnosed with diabetes during a general eye exam. When a patient has diabetes it can affect the blood vessels that surround the retina. These areas of the eyes are very sensitive to high levels of sugar in the blood, and can easily be adversely affected by heightened sugar levels. If our optometrist sees that diabetes is affecting your blood vessels in your eyes, he or she will let you know about the finding and will advise you to see your general doctor for treatment. When a patient has high levels of cholesterol in their blood, it can also be seen as deposits on various places in the eyes. Certain types of brain tumors are also possible to first diagnose during a comprehensive eye exam. Some brain tumors will affect peripheral vision, which is caused by the optic nerve swelling. Of course, eye exams are also important for detecting many different types of eye diseases including: cataracts; glaucoma; macular degeneration; diabetic retinopathy; and other problems of the cornea, macula and retina.
For an appointment for an eye exam in South Carolina, contact us today.