Annual Eye Exam Can Help Save Your Life!
- Posted on: Oct 3 2017
Ever hear that the eyes are the window to your soul? They are also a window to the rest of the body! An annual eye exam includes taking the internal pressure of the eye as well at dilating the pupil so that the doctor can take a look at the back of your eye. But how can these two things save your life?
The eye is like a tire: it will not function at its best if the internal pressure is too high or too low. If the pressure is too high it can damage the nerves in the back of the eye and can lead to gradual vision loss. This loss can be so slow that it is not noticed until significant irreversible damage has been done. The appearance of the back of the eye can also be an indicator of general health and blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to heart and kidney damage, stroke, as well as damage to blood vessels throughout the body. The retina of the eye is the only place this damage can be visually detected. An annual eye exam can help catch hypertension at an early stage before it does significant damage throughout the body.
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