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The Importance Of An Eye Examination

by Beth Griffiths on 12th May 2017

Why an Eye Examination Can be Life Saving

The eyes are one of the most sensitive organs in the human body. Unfortunately, many people do not realise it and take their vision giving organs for granted.

It is important to get your eyes examined regularly. In fact, it should be done as a part of your regular medical checkup. An eye examination can in-fact be life-saving!

An eye examination is needed to see if there are any problems affecting your eyes or could affect your eye.

However, it doesn’t just end there. Often, the symptoms of complex medical conditions tend to manifest in the form of eye or vision-related issues.

In fact, that’s how eye doctors or Ophthalmologists detect hypertension, diabetes, and other life-threatening conditions.

So, do make sure you get your eyes examined regularly. You never know, it could potentially save your life.

Here are a few more reasons why you need to schedule that eye examination as soon as possible.

 

Developing a Baseline

Eye examinations help doctors establish a health baseline for your eyes. By knowing the health status of your eye tissues, doctors can identify expected changes in your eyes in the future. Most doctors advise that a baseline examination is done before an individual reaches the age of 40.

 

Detecting Other Health Issues

As stated in the introduction, there are several conditions that can be detected through an eye examination. It is because the eyes can provide doctors with a good view of connecting tissues, blood vessels, and nerves.

In fact, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the eyes are the only organs in the human body to possess such properties.

Issues affecting other organs can be detected by studying the health status of your eyes. Even the slightest changes in the physiology of your eyes can indicate the presence of diseases such as cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, macular degeneration, stroke, auto-immune diseases and so on.

 

For Identifying Usual Eye Problems

Apart from diagnosing complex conditions, eye examinations can reveal problems that are specific to the health of your eyes.

Some common eye-related issues include:

  • Amblyopia: It is a condition in which one eye has a different prescription than the other. If untreated, it can lead to loss of vision permanently.
  • Refractive Error: It is related to vision problems such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism (blurry or distorted vision).
  • Strabismus: The condition is normally referred to as crossed or turned eyes. To diagnose the problem, doctors will try to observe the alignment of the eyes to see if they work in unison. The condition usually leads to amblyopia and poor depth perception.


So, now that you know how important an eye examination can be, make sure you fix an appointment with your doctor, without any delay.

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