Non-Eye Diseases That Can Be Detected with Eye Exams

by: Advanced Laser | July 21, 2015

An eye chart to test visual acuity from a distanceTheĀ Health Benefits of Regular Eye Exams

At Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma, we encourage our patients to undergo routine eye exams at our Oklahoma City office for numerous reasons. First and foremost, doing so allows our team of eye care experts to detect, diagnose, and treat eye disorders and diseases in their earliest stages, when our advanced vision care treatments will have the greatest effect. However, the health benefits of undergoing regular eye exams go well beyond your eyes and your vision.

Your eyes are intimately connected to your brain and other vital systems of your body. As a result, a comprehensive eye exam can tell our eye care professionals a lot about not just your ocular health, but also your overall health. In fact, in many instances, our team is the first to detect important health issues that are then confirmed and addressed by specialists or by our patientsā€™ primary care physicians. Many of these patients come back to thank us, having not realized prior to their eye exams that we would be able to provide such a life-changing – and in some cases life-saving – service.

If you have not had a comprehensive eye exam in the last two years or so, you may be due. We urge you to schedule your next eye exam at Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma today.

What types of diseases can be detected during an eye exam?

There are dozens of types of diseases that can be detected during an eye exam, ranging from the relatively minor to the potentially life-threatening. Among the more serious diseases are:

  • Cancer: Ocular melanoma – the most common type of eye cancer – can be detected through eye exams, of course. However, it is also possible to detect other types of cancer, from brain and lung cancers that have spread to the eye to leukemia, which can cause certain types of retinal bleeding.
  • Diabetes: One of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes is bleeding or the leaking of fluid from the blood vessels in the retina, which could be a sign of diabetic retinopathy. Many people first learn that they are diabetic through the detection of this disease.
  • Hypertension: Hypertension is the clinical name for high blood pressure, which can cause structural irregularities to the blood vessels in the eye.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Dry eye and iritis (the inflammation of the iris) are commonly associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The presence of either of these conditions could point to rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Aneurysm: If the pupils are irregularly shaped, the patient could have a brain aneurysm.
  • Thyroid disease: One of the most common symptoms of thyroid disease is a protrusion of the eyeballs.
  • Multiple sclerosis: As many as one-quarter of all cases of multiple sclerosis are first detected due to the presence of optic neuritis, or inflammation of the optic nerve.

Timely diagnosis and treatment are essential to managing any disease, from those listed above to the eye conditions that could threaten your vision. This is why it is so important to undergo routine eye exams.

Schedule Your Comprehensive Eye Exam Today

To schedule your comprehensive eye exam, please contact Advanced Laser & Cataract Center Oklahoma today.